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For release: December 3, 2012

Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Hospice of VNS “Light Up a Life” Campaign
Raises Funds for Hospice Care

Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service’s (VNS) annual “Light Up a Life” fundraising campaign will run December 1–20. Presented by the Akron General Foundation, “Light Up a Life” offers a unique and meaningful way to pay tribute to those we remember and love. Hanging a gold star on a “Light Up a Life” Hospice Memory Tree can illuminate the memory of someone special as well as provide “light” and hope for terminally ill patients and their families during the coming year. All donations of $25 or more will also receive a light on the “Tree of Light” on the grounds of the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley.

Hospice Memory Trees are located at Summit Mall, Akron General Health & Wellness Centers – West (Montrose), North (Stow) and Green (Uniontown), Belgrade Gardens in Barberton, and Hartville Kitchen. Donations may be made at the Light Up a Life booth at Summit Mall (across from Starbucks) every day between December 1 and December 20, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., online anytime at, or by calling the Akron General Foundation, 330-344-6888.

About Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS)
The purpose of Hospice of VNS is to alleviate suffering, engender hope, promote living and facilitate grieving among patients with serious or life-limiting illnesses, their families and their communities. Hospice of VNS is an affiliate of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates (comprised of Advanced Infusion Services, Hospice of VNS, VNS Personal Care Services, VNS Equipment & Supplies and Visiting Nurse Service). VNSA serves Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties and is a member of the Akron General Health System. For more information about VNSA, visit

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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