HOSPICE OF LUBBOCK
Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – We think of the holidays as atime for enjoying family and friends, but for many it is a timefor remembering a great loss – someone who is not there asthey always have been.There is an organization that helps families through that
loss, Hospice of Lubbock, the rst such agency in Lubbock.
Today it has merged with Covenant Health Systems and serves
19 counties in this region. It is the only non-prot hospice
dedicated to serving children as well as adults who are facedwith terminal illnesses, adults like Evelyn Cash.“I think the thing that I love the most is singing, and thesaddest part is not being able to sing,” said Evelyn Cash, R.N.and previous board member of Hospice of Lubbock.For 30 years, Evelyn was a voice in the choir at FirstUnited Methodist Church. “And I got this cough and so I wentto the doctor and he thought it was just allergies,” said Mrs.Cash.It turns out x-rays found pneumonia and then an MRIfound lung cancer underneath. Doctors told Evelyn time wasnot on her side. She said they gave her three to six months to
live and that was two years ago, but this wasn’t the rst time
Evelyn has beaten the odds.In 1971, Evelyn had breast cancer. “They told me that Iwould not see my son graduate from high school. Now, I’mseeing my grandsons graduate from high school.” Nearly 40 years later, Evelyn has made the most of her life. Aside from singing in church every Sunday, she is perhapsmost proud of her work as a nurse for 51 years and, for 18years, as a volunteer for Hospice of Lubbock, a group that shehas now turned to for comfort in her last days. “Because there’snothing more they can do. I’ve had chemo and I’ve had radia-tion and there’s nothing more they can do,” said Evelyn. “I losta son when he was 15 and I’m gonna see him. So, I’ll cry, butthat’s a part of life.”Which is why Hospice is here with Evelyn every day now, preparing the way for this next part of her life. “I think that people tell you that you go to Hospice to die. You don’t go toHospice to die. You go to live,” said Evelyn. “You live everymoment in a much more meaningful way than you possiblycould at a hospital or by yourself at home.”Evelyn says she still tries to attend church, to sit and listento the choir sing, which she said she really enjoys. “Hospiceis like having a friend with you all the time,” said Mrs. Cash.“It’s been a good life. And if it ends tomorrow, okay. It’s beengood. And I’ve been happy.”
You’ll nd the Hospice Tree of Lights at the corner of
19th and University. Light Up A Life is an annual fundraiser for
Hospice of Lubbock, the only non-prot hospice in Lubbock, and
it depends on donations to survive.The dove at the top will light up when Hospice reaches itsgoal, and right now they’re just half-way there, in need of another $30,000 to light up that dove. (Hospice of Lubbock did reach itsgoal and the dove was lit.)If you would like to make a donation in honor or in memoryof someone, please call Hospice of Lubbock at 806-795-2751.
Reprinted with permission by KCBD.
By: Karin McCay at KCBD TV
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