Aurora House, a home for the terminally ill, will hold its first Walk-A-Thon for Health on Saturday, Nov. 13 at South Texas College’s Mid-Valley Campus located at 400 North Border in Weslaco. The walk is supported by STC students and clubs.
The Walk-A-Thon, the home’s only fall fundraiser, is a non-competitive awareness walk to familiarize the community about the importance of health and wellness, as well as the services of Aurora House. Participants can raise money by collecting donations or pledges for walking. Walkers will receive a free t-shirt with a minimum of $25 in pledges. The walk will begin with a fun and energetic warm-up at the Health and Wellness Center on campus and will conclude at the Pavilion with music and fun activities.
STC’s Biology Club, as well as other campus organizations, will have booths providing demonstrations and information. The campus Art Club will decorate campus sidewalks with fun chalk art, making the walk fun and interesting for participants.
“We are very happy to support this cause because we will all face death one day,” said Dr. Debbie Villalon, STC instructor and event support. “We hope our efforts will help raise a good amount of money so that more people can take advantage of the tremendous, caring resource offered by Aurora House.”
Aurora House is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization with the mission of providing care for persons in the last phase of incurable disease, so they can approach death with dignity, comfort and peace.
“Aurora House is not affiliated with or related to any hospital, hospice care service, or religious organization,” said Foundation Board President Patti Dittburner, for Aurora House. “We do not receive money from Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance or any other governmental resources. Instead, it relies on the support of its residents and their families, the community and charitable organizations for economic support. We hope many from the community will come out to support your fellow Valley citizens in this important cause.”
In addition to raising awareness about Aurora House, STC students also hope to raise awareness about lung cancer and diabetes. Check-in for the walk will be at 8 a.m. at the campus Health and Wellness Center. The warm up and walk begin at 9 a.m.
For more information about Aurora House call 956-973-9690. For more information about the activities contact Dr. Debbie Villalon at 956-973-7638 or Kim Brumfield at 956-973-1045.