Twenty team members from across all of our locations demonstrated our commitment to diversity and to working together by marching in Chicago’s Pride Parade. Together, joined by 21 friends and family members, they distributed candy, beads and smiles to many of the more than one million attendees lining the streets. Our team members from Chicago have participated in the annual event for more than a decade.
“The Pride Parade is about celebrating diversity and having fun. Our participation demonstrates our commitment to the LGBT community, and serves as a reminder that our compassionate care and services are here for everyone,” says President and CEO Sarah Bealles. “Serious illness does not know race, creed, color or sexual orientation. The need for palliative care, hospice and our other services is blind to these issues as anyone, any time, may find themselves in need of our care.”
Ineabelle Serrano, Development Communications Assistant in our Chicago location, sums up her experience very well: “The word ‘hospice’ carries a lot of meaning for individuals. We see it every year we participate in the parade. We see women, men and families get emotional when they see us coming. We have taken care of someone very special to them and we get so much love demonstrated back. There is an overabundance of emotion in the forms of hugs, kisses, and crying coming from the crowd. I am proud to be working for an organization that gives back to the community in this special way.”