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Former High Peaks Hospice workers reunite for fundraising walk

Former High Peaks Hospice staff (all fully vaccinated) meet Saturday, May 1 for a 5-kilometer walk on the Bloomingdale Bog Trail. From left in the front row are Laura Duncan, SW; Laura’s grandson; Gretchen Reid, LPN; and Barb Hofrichter, bereavement coordinator. From left in the back row are Jay Federman, MD; Elaine Sater, compliance officer; Sarah Wardner, RN; Sue Seacord, RN; Patience Whitman, SW; Peggy Wiltberger, RN; and Nicole Collins, SW. (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE — Former High Peaks Hospice staff met for a 5-kilometer walk at the Bloomingdale Bog Trail on Saturday in memory of longtime friend and co-worker Barb Touby.

In addition to honoring Touby and reconnecting with old friends, the event was part of a fundraiser for High Peaks Hospice.

High Peaks Hospice was started in Saranac Lake in 1986 by Dr. C. David Merkel and continues to provide end-of-life care with respect and compassion to people in the Tri-Lakes area. For close to 15 years, Barb Touby served as a registered nurse case manager and on-call triage nurse, helping patients achieve dignity, comfort and peace on life’s last journey.

High Peaks Hospice’s virtual 5K fundraiser continues until May 23. Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of Touby or a loved one may do so at https://hph.eventgroovefundraising.com/hph5k.

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