Desert Harmony’s heart Expo Fundraiser a Rousing Success
By Chip Dylewski
Desert Harmony Hospice of Tucson was the site of the heArt Expo Fundraiser last Friday, benefitting the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. With help from local artists around Tucson and patients at the hospice, the free event brought awareness and donations to help with the fight against Alzheimer’s.
Cassandra Peel, one of the organizers of the event, spoke about how important art is with the patients from Harmony. “Art plays such a big part in this event, because it puts a different face on how people perceive Alzheimer’s. It doesn’t have to be this debilitating disease, it shows how much talent and life these truly great people have.”
The main show floor had exhibitions and pieces by local artists from all around Tucson, and Southern Arizona. Showcasing paintings, jewelry, and more, it was a great way for these artists to give back to the community and present some unbelievable art. Live paintings were also ongoing, but the main highlight of the expo was a room showcasing art created by patients. You could see the amount of work and craftsmanship that went into these paintings, and it was a reminder of how much talent patients have.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and more than five million Americans are living with the disease. This is why donations and raising awareness are so important in fighting the disease, every cent is a step forward in combatting Alzheimer’s. The Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is helping to lead the fight in Southern Arizona, and you can learn more about how to help by visiting their website.
Desert Harmony Hospice is working to change how people view hospice as the end to one’s life. Executive Director Brianna Henderson said that “our mission is to delegitimize hospice. It can be a scary word for some people, but the heArt Expo will bring a different perspective on what hospice is.”
Desert Harmony Hospice offers the best of care in the darkest of times. When conventional means have stopped working, they step in to ensure a peaceful rest. With the help of an incredible staff of compassionate and understanding employees, it can take away the scary nature surrounding death, and helps people pass away surrounded by their loved ones, in the best care possible.
For more information about Desert Harmony Hospice, please visit their website, where you can also find information about how to volunteer. A special thanks to all of the nurses and helpful staff at the heArt expo, including Tracy Callison, Mikesha Mallory and Lois Dylewski.
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