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2006: 16th Annual Tree of Lights
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16th Annual Tree of Lights

CAROL STREAM, Ill., November 16, 2006 — While the upcoming holidays may bring joy to many, others may find the season emotionally challenging. For those in need of healing and comfort, CNS Home Health & Hospice, an affiliate of Central DuPage Hospital, presents the 16th annual Tree of Lights ceremony on Sunday, December 3 at 2 p.m. at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa, 1401 Nordic Road, Itasca. Everyone who would like to honor a loved one who has passed away or is battling a life-threatening illness is welcome. The event also pays tribute to our troops, disease survivors, and others enduring a hardship.

“The Tree of Lights event is a beautiful opportunity to experience love and loss with a community who cares and understands,” said Lisa Brown-VanArsdale, director of program and fund development for CNS Home Health & Hospice. “There is strength in numbers, and with this ceremony, CNS Home Health & Hospice hopes to provide some healing during what can be a very difficult season for many people.”

The Tree of Lights is both a remembrance service and a way to raise funds for programs that benefit those in need in the community. For a contribution, a hand-inscribed ornament will adorn one of 15 trees used during the ceremony. Ornaments include a dove representing remembrance, a soldier representing courage and a star representing honor. The trees will be lit during the ceremony in celebration of those whose names are displayed. Ornaments will be available through December 3.

The funds raised during the event benefit those in the community by providing hospice care for uninsured or underinsured terminally ill patients, community-wide bereavement support meetings for those who experience loss, including children’s groups, a geriatric assistance program for low-income, socially isolated, chronically ill elderly and a parish nurse program for local churches.

The community is invited to attend the ceremony with keynote speaker Dr. Thomas Cornwell, HomeCare Physicians. Lake Park High School Chorals and St. Walter’s Catholic Church Children’s Choir will perform. A reception with refreshments will follow the ceremony. For more information, please call CNS Home Health & Hospice at (630) 933-7329 or visit www.cnshomehealth.org.

Since 1958, CNS Home Health & Hospice has been a non-profit home health agency serving DuPage County and surrounding communities by providing skilled and psychiatric nursing; physical, occupation and speech therapies; social services, private duty and pharmacy and infusion care; and hospice/palliative care and bereavement services. A group of over 150 volunteers also provides support to hospice families and homebound seniors by completing home visits, errands, clerical work, and other tasks.  CNS Home Health & Hospice is an affiliate of Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, lll.

Media Contact:
CDH Public Relations
Amy Jo Steinbruecker