Public Invited to ‘Garden of Hope’ Celebration

Public Invited to ‘Garden of Hope’ Celebration

07/05/2017

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for Paris Community Hospital’s “Garden of Hope” on Sunday, July 30, from 4 to 6 pm.

The event will take place at the new garden, located in the hospital’s courtyard. Attendees can park in the Family Medical Center parking lot (near the blue awning) and enter through the open space between the hospital and Family Medical Center. In the event of bad weather, attendees will meet inside the main entrance to the Family Medical Center.

Attendees will include Oliver Smith, PCH/FMC president & CEO; Dr. Reid Sutton, chief of the medical staff; and Craig Smith, mayor of Paris.

“Thank you to all our generous donors and members of Cancer Friendship Group who made this project a reality,” said Carolyn Sutton, project facilitator. “The garden will offer a soothing and relaxing space for everyone to enjoy, not just those who have been affected by cancer.”

The hospital’s Cancer Friendship Group conceived the idea of a Garden of Hope two years ago. Visitors to the garden can use to the space to reflect, meditate, and get an increased sense of hope, renewal, and restoration. The space features beautiful landscaping, benches, a brick walkway, and water feature. While inside the hospital, the garden is accessible from the surgery waiting room and viewable from the hallway that connects the hospital front desk and inpatient wing.

Brick Pavers Available

Individuals can sponsor a brick, imprinted with the name of a loved one, as part of the permanent garden display. Anyone can sponsor a brick, not just those affected by cancer. Bricks measure six-by-nine inches, and nine- by-nine inches in size. Additionally, cash donations are accepted to help with ongoing maintenance of the garden.

The July 30 ribbon cutting ceremony will include refreshments. For more information about the event or to sponsor a brick paver, contact Carolyn Sutton at 217-251-1522 or carolyn.sutton8@gmail.com. Donation and brick order forms also are available at the Paris Community Hospital registration desk.

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