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Ride for Angels: Hospice of Davidson County

By Renee Shipko

Photos provided by Hoy Beck

For nearly 30 years, Hospice of Davidson County has been committed to providing specialized medical care and emotional and spiritual support to patients and families facing end of life.  Hospice care is a type of individualized care that supports emotional and spiritual needs while providing expert care for pain control and symptom management.  Hospice care is delivered in homes throughout the county, in long term care facilities and at the county’s only inpatient hospice program, The Henry Etta and Bruce Hinkle Hospice House, located off of US Highway 64 East in Lexington.

In an effort to raise funds to support patient services, Hospice of Davidson County hosted its first memorial motorcycle ride in 2008.  The event was organized by a volunteer committee who came together to honor the memory of loved ones who had passed away as a result of a terminal illness.  Participation and enthusiasm about the event has grown every year since its inception in 2008, and the ride now attracts more than 500 participants.  The event is a significant one for Hospice of Davidson County, raising nearly $20,000 annually to benefit patient care.

DSC_2655This year marks the 7th annual Ride for Angels event, which will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Denton FarmPark.  The ride is escorted annually by members of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department and travels a route that weaves across the southern part of the county.  The ride departs from Denton FarmPark around 10:45 a.m. and returns riders to the park, where they enjoy a lunch and entertainment following the ride.

Pre-registration for this year’s ride is $15 per bike, and $5 for an additional rider.  Commemorative T-shirts are available for purchase as well.  Day of registration increases to $20 per bike and $5 for an additional rider.  Ride participants, the majority of whom ride in memory of a loved one who benefited from hospice care, are encouraged to share memories or photos of loved ones on the agency’s Memorial Wall at the event.

The 7th annual Ride for Angels Motorcycle Ride is sponsored by Younts Insurance and Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center.  Additional sponsorships are provided by WLXN KOOL 1440 AM and 99.9 FM radio in Lexington, Creative Carpets and Holladay Surgical Supply.

Hospice of Davidson County is one of the largest non-profit member agencies of the United Way of Davidson County.  In 2013, the agency provided hospice care to more than 700 patients while providing grief support to nearly 3,000 individuals in the 17 communities that encompass Davidson County.  More than half of the agency’s workforce, which exceeds 100 employees, are from or live in Davidson County, which translates to a better understanding of the uniqueness of the rural county.  And, with patients located in all corners of the county, Hospice of Davidson County is the most responsive provider of hospice care in our area.

For more information about hospice care or to register for the 7th annual Ride for Angels motorcycle ride, please call (336) 475-5444.

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