Walk For Dignity

 

21st Annual Walk for Dignity • Sunday, April 26, 2020

This year, it’s an online event! You can stay home and stay safe, but still join us in spirit and on the internet. Put on your Walk or team shirt, and post photos or videos to our Facebook page (or email them to our office)! You could be on a treadmill, in the yard with your kids, hiking on a trail, or strolling through the neighborhood. We just want to see you! And thank you for your amazing support of Iowa City Hospice and the people we serve!

The Time of Remembrance Memorial Service has changed, too! Read more here. 

Visit our Facebook page for great photos of last year’s event!

2019 Walk Team and Individual totals are listed here!

Put on your walking shoes and a smile, and join us for a fun, family-friendly event that’s all about remembrance and respect! The Iowa City Hospice Walk for Dignity honors the memories of loved ones as it raises funds to bring compassionate end-of-life care to everyone in our community.

We encourage involvement of both individuals and teams! This is a great event to share with friends, co-workers, and loved ones. Thousands of people in our seven-county service area have been impacted by hospice care, and chances are you know quite a few of them. We’ll celebrate with camaraderie, heartfelt tributes, and more.

Help us to ensure that quality, compassionate hospice care and bereavement services are available to anyone in our community who needs them – and will be for years to come.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Iowa City Hospice uses your gifts and donations to continue our vital services, and secure a sustainable future. We don’t turn anyone away because they are unable to pay, and your support helps to maintain that life-affirming legacy.

For more details, information, or to get involved, please email or call Judy Frits at 319-688-4213 or 800-897-3052, or use any of the following resources:

Collect $150 in donations and receive an Iowa City Hospice t-shirt! See the donation form for additional incentives.


Our 2020 Honorary Family: The Sarah Meyer Family

Born Sarah Jean Davies in Marengo, Sarah Meyer was a proud graduate of Williamsburg High School. She also graduated from LaJames Cosmetology School in Cedar Rapids, and worked at Hair Supply in Marengo for 22 years.

In addition to making sure everyone in Marengo had great looking hair, Sarah was known for her costuming skills. With loads of creativity and tons of detail, she transformed herself and others into a huge variety of characters – Miss Piggy and a giant Cabbage Patch Doll, to name a few. She loved Halloween, bringing her love of detail into decorations throughout the house for weeks before and after the holiday. Really, she loved holidays and celebrations of all kinds, including those with the Fun-Loving Red Hat Society.

Sarah Jean Meyer also fought a valiant battle against colon cancer. After multiple surgeries, her husband Warren turned to Iowa City Hospice for help with her care in 2008.

Warren became Sarah’s primary caregiver, with some assistance from his family, and from Iowa City Hospice nurse case manager Deanne Schwarting. “It didn’t matter what time of day or night,” Warren said, “Deanne was there to help.” From a hospital bed to medications, Deanne made sure Warren had whatever he needed to make Sarah as comfortable as possible. “Deanne would bring anything I needed,” Warren said, “sometimes when I didn’t even know I needed it. I don’t know how, but she would show up with just what I needed, and I didn’t even remember calling her. I didn’t worry about it – she was there.”

Sarah was only 49 years old when she lost her battle with cancer in 2009. It was a very hard time for Warren and the family. Sarah’s father had passed away less than a year before, and Sarah just missed meeting her newest grandchild. Warren and his parents again turned to Iowa City Hospice, this time for bereavement services.

Iowa City Hospice’s grief support services are available to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether the person was in hospice care. There is no cost for any of the bereavement services provided by Iowa City Hospice, and they can help you through some really difficult times. Warren said, “Just come. It’s the best thing ever, and it helps tremendously.”

Now, 11 years after her death, Sarah Jean Meyer is still remembered fondly. Her spirit, her creativity, and her sense of fun live on through her children and four grandchildren, and in the cherished memories of her friends and family. We have been so happy to see many of those friends and family over the years at the Walk for Dignity, and are delighted that so many of them are participating this year.

Thank you to Warren Meyer for allowing us to remember Sarah in this way.

 

As the Honorary 2020 Walk for Dignity Family, the Meyer family name will be inscribed on the Iowa City Hospice Tribute Wall at Willow Creek Park in Iowa City, along with those of 119 past Honorary Walk families. Please join the Meyer family, and hundreds of others who have been impacted by Iowa City Hospice, as we celebrate our 21st Annual Walk for Dignity – this year at home and online – on Sunday, April 26.


Walk for Dignity 2020 Sponsors

A heartfelt thank you to our generous sponsors, who make this event possible:

Iowa City Hospice