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Published on August 15, 2018

Patients Benefitting from Butterflies in the Park Event

Photo of Roger Stowell holding a butterfly purchased in memory of his wife at MidMichigan Home Care Butterflies in the Park event.

Roger L. Stowell holds the butterfly he purchased in memory of his wife, Connie. Stowell attended the Butterflies in the Park event held at Stratford Woods Park in Midland.

More than 200 colorful butterflies gently glided through the air on a recent summer afternoon at various parks throughout the region due to support received for Butterflies in the Park. Hosted by MidMichigan Home Care, under the auspices of the MidMichigan Health Foundation, Butterflies in the Park included a live butterfly release and special commemoration presentation held in honor and in memory of others.

A simultaneous butterfly release took place at Pine River Park in Alma, Shamrock Park in Clare, Riverwalk Place in Gladwin, Stratford Woods Park in Midland and the Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant.

More than $6,600 was raised from the event to benefit patients in need of home care and hospice services, medications and medical supplies, including the Woodland Hospice House and their patients.

MidMichigan Home Care is also accepting hospice volunteers in the Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland and Montcalm areas, including the Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant. Volunteer opportunities are available in a variety of areas, including bereavement support, companionship, fundraising and special events, gardening and landscaping, life review conversations, light housekeeping, music therapy, office administration, pet therapy, reception desk, respite care, sewing and vigils.

Those who are interested in becoming a hospice volunteer may apply at www.midmichigan.org/volunteers/hospice. Volunteer training is scheduled for Wedneday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the MidMichigan Home Care office, 3007 N. Saginaw Rd., in Midland. Those interested in attending or have questions may call Cindy Lutz at (989) 633-1467.

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