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Support for the grieving

A number of our team members are hard at work planning fundraisers that will benefit some of the most vulnerable among us. These events have raised thousands of dollars over the years and helped support important services and programs.

Tomorrow, the Baptist Health Foundation, which was formed by Mississippi Baptist Health Systems, will hold its annual Cyclists Curing Cancer Century Ride, which will benefit the Serenity Garden at the Hederman Cancer Center at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. The Serenity Garden offers a private area where cancer patients and their families can enjoy peace, quiet, and fresh air. Almost 400 riders are expected to participate, and this year’s event has more volunteers and sponsors than ever before.

Next Thursday, the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation will host its annual Art of Caring art auction, which raises money for patient assistance at the Baptist Reynolds Hospice House and free bereavement services at the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief. Since our second Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief opened in Midtown Memphis a little more than a month ago, so many people have come to the center for counseling that the staff had to establish a waiting list.

The programs and services that benefit from these fundraisers provide important support for people dealing with tremendous emotional pain. These aspects of illness and loss are often pushed aside to deal with more immediate concerns, but they are no less important. I’m so glad that we have foundations that support these kinds of programs, because so many of our patients and communities need them.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Cyclists Curing Cancer Century Ride, visit https://mbhs.org/events/cyclists-curing-cancer-century-ride/. For more information about Art of Caring, or if you would like to bid on any items in person or online, please visit https://501auctions.com/artofcaring.

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