Holzer Hospice tree of love honors loved ones

December 19, 2013

GALLIPOLIS — The Hospice Tree of Love is a unique charitable recognition opportunity offering a way to express appreciation for people who have touched your life in a special way.

Located in the Holzer Gallipolis Lobby, this impressive five-foot bronze tree is adorned with 125 gold-finish leaves that may be personally engraved for a donation of $500.

Leaves can be purchased to memorialize, honor, and recognize any special person in your life.

Recently, Marlene Hoffman, retired teacher from Gallipolis, purchased a leaf in memory of her friend and colleague, Chris Bullion, who died in 2010. Ms. Hoffman stated, “Chris gave so much to the young people of Gallia and Jackson Counties where he taught music. He was loved by young and old alike, more than he ever knew. His teachings will be carried on by his students.”

She further stated, “I recently met one of his students who would not have gone to college without his encouragement. She is now a teacher and has his picture on display in her classroom. His quick wit leaves happy memories in the lives of those he touched. I know he touched my life in a profound way, with his death a light went out in this world. Rest in peace my friend. You will not be forgotten.”

Holzer Hospice, established in 1994 by Dr. Oscar W. Clarke, has served over 4,000 patients with life-limiting illnesses in Southeastern Ohio. All patients are accepted into the Hospice program regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Voluntary donations are applied to costs for medication and plans of care for symptom management.

Gifts to Holzer Hospice are fully tax deductible. For more information about Holzer Hospice and the Hospice Tree of Love, please call (740) 446-5074 or 1-800-500-4850.