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Woburn Friends Mark National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

The Woburn Friends of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care celebrated National Hospice & Palliative Care Month with a special gathering for supporters.

State Representative Richard Haggerty, who joined the Woburn Friends 10 years ago at the invitation of founder Doris Lynch, told guests, “You are making people’s lives better at the most trying of times, and, for that, I’m most certainly grateful.”

Mayor Galvin congratulated the Woburn Friends on another successful Step Out for Hospice, which raised nearly $70,000 for end-of-life care. Mayor Galvin presented the volunteers with a proclamation declaring November to be National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in the City of Woburn. TylaAnn Burger, RN, CHPCA, of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care, director of quality and clinical services, talked about the individuals and families who may turn to the agency for care and comfort on any particular day.

She said, “They may be a 75-year-old, who’s been battling a terminal cancer for years, and a lot of the family’s resources and emotions and efforts have gone into that, and they are now going to anther stage. It may be a 97-year-old who we’re admitting today who’s gone through an incredible lifetime and was in really great shape until just a little while ago. It may be, I’m sorry to say, a 59-year-old with a devastating disease.”

“I’m glad to be able to say that I have a staff of nurses, social workers, aides, and more that will make a difference to the lives of all of those families that are giving us the privilege to join their journey today,” TylaAnn added.

For more information about hospice care, please call us at 800-521-5539. To learn more about volunteering on the Woburn Friends, please contact Deborah Corkum at 774-502-8290.

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