Associates and family members at the Relay For Life

By Karin Kyte, business development director

 

In June 2016, Life Care Center of Pueblo, Colorado, got involved in supporting two local fundraising events: the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and Junior Achievement’s Southern Colorado Golf Tournament.

 

Joe Jaurez, receptionist extraordinaire, was the brainchild behind raising funds for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event aimed at ending cancer.

 

“I wanted us to get our name out there,” Juarez said.

 

In order to do that, Juarez began selling pickles at the facility for one dollar. Life Care Center of Pueblo also encouraged staff to wear purple, in support of the Relay event color, every Tuesday, and participating associates donated one dollar each time.

 

The favorite event for raising funds, however, was the pie-throwing contest. Juarez solicited many managers to don ponchos while associates and residents purchased a pie plate filled with whipped cream for one dollar to be delicately smashed into the faces of the volunteers.

 

Everyone had great fun, and it was hard to tell who got pied the most: Keith Jackson, executive director, or Aja Gomez, director of nursing.

 

“I thought the staff would love it, and the residents enjoyed it too!” Juarez said.

 

The team raised approximately $375 for Relay For Life.

 

Team Life Care Pueblo converged onto the courtyard at Pueblo Community College on June 10, along with almost 60 other teams, to raise money for cancer research, honor cancer survivors and remember those who have passed away at the 19th Annual Relay For Life of Pueblo. The Pueblo event raised more than $135,000.

 

The teams gathered together for entertainment and then a luminaria ceremony, which was a silent lap of reflection walked by those in attendance. The path is lit only by luminaria bags, which represent those affected by cancer, to remember those who have passed away and to honor those still in the fight against the disease.

 

Life Care Center of Pueblo had 11 participants in the Relay.

 

Carrie Cornwell, assistant business office manager, was one of them.

 

“My mother left me on Jan. 1, 2016, to lung cancer,” Cornwell said. Her mother was 59. “It was a personal goal to do the walk, and I was so excited to participate in it.”

 

Juarez, along with other associates, pitched a tent and walked throughout the evening and again the next morning.

 

The following day, four associates took part in the Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado Golf Tournament, held at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo.

 

Junior Achievement solicits volunteers to deliver K-12 programs to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. It uses experimental learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential. Volunteers help to support the empowerment of young people to own their economic successes.

 

The Life Care Center of Pueblo foursome shot a 72 in 98-degree weather, and the golfers enjoyed every minute of it. Besides the sponsorship of the team, Life Care Center of Pueblo was also a proud sponsor of hole #14.

 

“It was an enjoyable event spent with our fellow community partners,” Jackson said.

 

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