Monday, February 5, 2007

Who We Are:

The Hearts In Bloom primary mission is to provide fresh flowers to terminally ill patients with the hopes of lifting their spirits and brightening their final days. Founders Lynn O’Rourke Hayes and Colleen Horan believe that delivering a small vase of beautiful fresh flowers to the Hospice patients' bedsides will show these patients, many of whom have no family nearby, that they are loved and thought of as they leave this world. Since every floral arrangement is created out of love and compassion, Hearts in Bloom embodies the Hospice philosophy and vision that people should die with dignity. Deliveries are made by Hearts In Bloom volunteers each Wednesday to the patients within Scottsdale Hospice homes. Four times a year the Hearts In Bloom will provide the gift of fresh flowers to an additional group or organization that might benefit from this tribute.

O’Rourke Hayes and Horan first became friends while attending high school in Kettering, Ohio. Their mothers, Ann O’Rourke and Eileen Horan, both succumbed to cancer in their 50s. Both were cared for by Hospice volunteers.

Hospice of the Valley, one of the largest and oldest not-for-profit hospices in the country, founded in 1977. It serves nearly 10,000 patients a year, ranging in age from newborns to seniors over 100, providing comfort and dignity as life nears its end. More than 90 percent of Hospice of the Valley’s patients are cared for in their own homes, with the remainder served in 12 inpatient hospice homes Valley wide.

Working hand in hand with Hospice of the Valley, Hearts In Bloom has been able to bring smiles to the hearts of both patients and their families, and hopes to continue the deed with your help!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, post a comment below or for more information contact Lynn O’Rourke Hayes at 480.556.6266 or via email at is in development.

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