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2008: 18th Annual Tree of Lights
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18th Annual Tree of Lights

CAROL STREAM, Ill., November 20, 2008 - 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 eighteenth annual Tree of Lights ceremony on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. at Lake Park High School (West Campus), 500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Roselle. Anyone who would like to honor a loved one who has either passed away or is battling a life-threatening illness or is otherwise special in their life, is welcome to attend.

“The Tree of Lights event is a beautiful and inspiring ceremony that gives people the opportunity to remember and honor friends and family who have touched their lives,” said Lisa Brown-VanArsdale, director of program and fund development for CNS Home Health & Hospice. “With this ceremony, CNS Home Health & Hospice hopes to provide healing in an environment where it’s okay to show emotion 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 online through December 15th for mailing and at the event.

Funds provide support to the following programs:

  • Hospice Care for uninsured or underinsured terminally ill patients
  • Palliative Care for those with life-threatening illnesses who are still seeking treatment
  • Home Health Care for uninsured or underinsured patients
  • Bereavement Support meetings for those who experience loss, including children’s groups
  • Geriatric Assistance Program for low-income, socially isolated, chronically ill seniors
  • Parish Nurse Programs that assist local churches

The community is invited to attend the ceremony with keynote speaker Carol Nilles, a teacher and cancer survivor. Lake Park High School Chorals and St. Walter’s Catholic Church Children’s Choir will also 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.

ABOUT CNS HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE

An affiliate of Central DuPage Hospital

Since 1958, CNS Home Health & Hospice has been a non-profit home health agency serving DuPage County and surrounding communities by providing skilled medical and psychiatric nursing; physical, occupation and speech therapies; social services, private duty and pharmacy and infusion care; and hospice/palliative care and bereavement services.

CNS offers medical social workers, home health aides, dieticians, phlebotomy services, caregiver services, wellness programs and home medical equipment. In 2006 they have added Telehealth Home Monitoring to their suite of 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. For more information, please call CNS Home Health & Hospice at (630) 933-7329 or visit www.cnshomehealth.org.