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Memorial hike at Del Valle raises spirits -- and funds

Hope Hospice event celebrates departed loved ones

Hope Hospice's annual Hike for Hope is an event of camaraderie, remembering departed loved ones and raising money. (Photo courtesy of Hope Hospice)

Friends, families, co-workers and solo hikers are invited to Hope Hospice's eighth annual Hike for Hope on May 19 at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore.

Participants will check in and start to hike from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., bringing lunches to enjoy a picnic upon their return. The event ends at 1:30 p.m.

Hike for Hope is both a memorial hike and a fundraiser, Hope Hospice CEO Bob Boehm noted.

"The hike provides an opportunity to celebrate the joy our loved ones brought us, and we encourage hikers to bring photos or mementos of their special person with them," Boehm said.

Proceeds enable Hope Hospice to continue nearly 40 years of providing comfort and compassion to patients and their families at the end of life. The organization relies on the support of the hikers and the community to make this fundraising effort a success.

"The Hike for Hope raises funds for Hope Hospice, and the net proceeds are used to care for the more than 2,000 area residents we serve each year," Boehm said.

Two trail options are available. One is an easy 2.6-mile roundtrip route traveling along the lake in the center of Del Valle Regional Park, turning around at the Hetch Hetchy Group Camp. It can easily be shortened.

The other route is a 4.4-mile hike with a moderate incline. It follows along the Ridgeline and Hetch Hetchy trails, providing spectacular views of the valley, lake and surrounding hills.

Registration fee is $45. Children 12 years and younger may hike for free, but must register. Go to TheHikeForHope.com or call Hope Hospice at 829-8770 for a printed registration form. Many businesses and organizations form teams to engage in a spirited competition.

Hike for Hope 2018 committee chairman is Brian Kehoe, senior vice president of Heritage Bank of Commerce in Pleasanton.

"I invite community members to join us as hikers or donors for this deeply rewarding event," Kehoe said. "Many businesses are already showing their support and are helping to make the Hike for Hope a success through their sponsorships."

Register for the hike or learn more about sponsorships at TheHikeforHope.com.

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