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Breathing Through It

The previous three weeks had been hard ones. We’d gone too many miles on not enough gallons and even little comforts had been few and far between.

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Camp Brave Heart applications available

Madison Irby knows all too well about loss. Her father died in a car accident when she was six years old.

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You did it! Thank You.

It was a nail-biting finish. Hospice Austin set the lofty goal of raising $250,000 in online donations in 24 hours. That goal was so lofty, in fact, that we set the theme of the Amplify Austin campaign as “Mission Impossible.”

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Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard ended her life on November 1, 2014 with a lethal dosage of prescribed drugs. Her incurable illness was a tragedy. Her candor and willingness to share her final days with the public were acts of courage which illustrate the need to talk about a topic that most of us would rather avoid. It is time […]

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Jason Michael Bryant hates cancer. Doesn’t matter which kind, he hates them all. Unfortunately, he’s something of an expert – both his mother and stepfather died of the disease within six months of each other. Now, Jason is on a mission to inspire others. The 28-year-old photographer came up with the idea of creating an […]

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Patients and families face the terribly difficult question of what to do after being diagnosed with a progressive cancer. Based on the numerous slogans and war cries to “win the fight” and “beat cancer,” it's not surprising that many patients and families opt for chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

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The whole point of having the bicycles was to bike Belize.  And the whole point of biking Belize was to get an up-close look at that beautiful country.  So in early November (1989) we stored as much gear as possible at our hotel in Merida, Mexico; loaded ourselves and our bikes onto a bus; and […]

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Camp Brave Heart Adds An Extra Day of Support

Thanks to a generous donor, Camp Brave Heart is adding an extra day to camp this year! It will be held August 4 - 7 at John Knox Ranch near Wimberley; applications are available now. Camp Brave Heart is a free camp for children age 6 - 17 who are grieving the death of a loved one.

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Being Brave: The Courage to Let It Go

By the time Bill and I had been in Mexico for several months we were finding our groove. We knew how to pick out the café’s and market stalls that had the best food; we had figured out how and when to haggle for a deal; we were getting the hang of hand-washing our clothes; we had learned how to cut each other’s hair; we were navigating transportation and money pretty well; our Spanish was improving daily; and we knew to always, always carry our own toilet paper.

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Nourishing Body and Soul

The Vargas family wanted to do something special for the patients, family and staff at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House after their father died here in March 2011. In 2012, they brought flower arrangements for all our patients. This year, in honor of their father’s birthday, they cooked a delicious Mexican meal. As an added bonus, it started snowing! Our current families appreciated not having to go out anywhere to find food, and the Vargas family said they loved it because they got snowed in when their father was here.

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