September 2014

Building an Inclusive Community

One of the most important aspects of our work on behalf of Center for Hospice Care is the task of building a community of supporters. This month's newsletter illustrates the diversity and scope of our current activities in that regard. 
From a cycling event that draws riders from across the country to an evening devoted to raising awareness of the plight of child caregivers in Sub-Saharan Africa, we strive to not only raise funds for CHC's mission in our eight-county service area but also to inform and educate our community about the need for hospice and palliative care around the world.
The support we receive for our work is incredible. From the hundreds of volunteers who work tirelessly to put on our annual Bike Michiana for Hospice fundraising event to celebrities like Brandi Milloy who give generously of their time to help educate the world about our work in Uganda, the words "thank you" never seem to be quite enough. They are vital to our mission. We simply could not do what we do without them!

Mike Wargo

Chief Operating Officer

6th Annual Bike Michiana for Hospice

As the sun rose on the morning of Sunday, September 14th, 1,108 cyclists prepared to take part in the 6th Annual Bike Michiana for Hospice. A chilly morning gave way to a beautiful, warm and sunny day filled with cycling, food, fun, and giving back to two local non-profit organizations.


Registration fees from Bike Michiana for Hospice benefits two local, community-oriented organizations dedicated to improving the quality of living in the community: Bike Michiana Coalition (BMC) and Center for Hospice Care (CHC). Riders were also encouraged to fundraise for the event, with all proceeds helping CHC keep our more than 30-year promise that no one eligible for hospice care will ever be turned away, regardless of their ability to pay. This year’s event included riders from across the country, some traveling from as far away as New York and Virginia. To date, the 2014 event has raised $89,702 with donations still coming in. 


Our thanks go not only to those who rode in this year's event, but also to all those who made it possible. Our sponsors: the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine/Notre Dame Science, INSERV, Visit South Bend Mishawaka, 1st Source Bank, Ladue | Curran | Kuehn, Outpost Sports, Indiana Beverage, Borden Waste-Away, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, Ancon Construction and our media sponsor, Schurz Communications. The Support & Gear (SAG) and post-ride restaurants go above and beyond to make our SAG stops absolutely stellar: BarBici, Evil Czech Brewery, Fiddler's Hearth, Indulgence Pastry Shop & Cafe, LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern, Moser's Austrian Cafe and Yesterday's. Last --- but certainly not least --- many thanks to our organizing committee, so ably led for the past six years by J.V. Peacock, owner of Outpost Sports, and to the hundreds of volunteers who are thoroughly dedicated to putting on the best event possible!


If you rode in this year's event, we are interested in getting your feedback. Please take a moment to fill out our online survey and let us know what you liked as well as how we can improve. Our goal is for this to be the Midwest’s premier ride, and we can only make that happen with your help!


The 7th Annual Bike Michiana for Hospice will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Early registration is now open. Early registration for adults is $40, and student registration is $20. Students will need to provide a valid student ID at registration the day of the event. As always, children 12 and under ride for free. For more information on the ride, contact Cyndy Searfoss at 574.277.4203 or Register online at

Become a Friend of Hospice


In 1980, Center for Hospice Care made a promise that nobody eligible for hospice care would ever be turned away, regardless of their ability to pay. The support of a caring, giving community has enabled us to keep that promise for the past 34 years.


In fact, in 2013 the value of charity care, write-offs, adjustments, community services and other CHC support totaled $1,265,264. Our Friends of Hospice campaign assures that CHC can continue to keep this promise to those in need.


Mission-driven quality care, remarkable clinical skills capacity – and a dedication to improving the quality of living – are hallmarks of CHC and the Hospice Foundation. With your help, we will continue to maintain these world-class standards of care and support for patients and their loved ones.


You can support this year's Friends of Hospice appeal by making a safe, secure online donation. We could not do what we do without you!

3rd Annual Okuyamba Fest

In honor of World Hospice & Palliative Care Day – and to support the efforts of the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) as it feeds, clothes and educates orphaned child caregivers – this year's Okuyamba Fest will focus on the Road to Hope fund and film. The event will be held on October 23rd at the Center for Hospice Care Mishawaka Campus, beginning at 5:00pm.
We are pleased to announce that TV host, producer and philanthropist Brandi Milloy will be the keynote speaker for the event. She is POPSUGAR's Lifestyle TV Host and Food Reporter/Producer. In 2013, Brandi traveled to Uganda as a PCAU volunteer to help the organization develop a much-needed marketing and social media strategy. Along the way, she had the chance to meet and work with some of the children involved in the Road to Hope program. After returning to the US, Brandi continued her involvement with PCAU’s social media efforts, as well as with the Road to Hope program, and giving generously of her time to assist at the Road to Hope fundraiser held in Hollywood last April.
As always, the evening will include a tasty sampling of food, beer and wine from around the world. Also on tap is a silent auction featuring craft and art items made by Ugandan artisans as well as a sneak peek of the upcoming Road to Hope documentary.

Reservations for the evening are $25 per person or $45 per couple. The price includes food and beverages. Online registration is available at For more information, contact Cyndy Searfoss at or 574.277.4203



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