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The countdown to Amplify Austin is on and we need more secret agents to join our elite mission! For a fun Hospice Austin video we put together for Amplify Austin, the city-wide online giving festival on March 5-6, please click here.

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As soon as I saw the expression on the faces of the staff at Doug’s House, I knew something was wrong. Our patient, Mr. Smith,* they told me, was not feeling well and would be going to the hospital. He would have to miss the concert that had been arranged especially for him. I had […]

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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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Our Greatest Power

We have no power! my son, Patrick, yelled to me from the back door. It was a little after seven and my two teenage boys and I had just arrived at our home tucked back into the woods of our small farm in Bastrop County. The wind was whipping wildly and the moon was impossibly full, casting a silvery light as we unloaded backpacks and groceries from the car. Always looking for an excuse to light matches, my older son, Cassady, had two candles glowing by the time I got into the house.

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Hearts and Ashes

It’s six o’clock on Monday morning Feb. 11th and I’m just shuffling off to the shower when I hear my phone receive a text message. It is from a teacher at my son’s former elementary school. Apparently, one of her fourth graders hadn’t come to school on Friday so she sent a text to the […]

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Valentine Bear Hugs

Every February when people all over the country are preparing to celebrate Valentine’s Day by buying candy or flowers, giving gifts or taking a loved one to dinner – all in the name of St. Valentine – my thoughts turn to leading an outreach drive to collect teddy bears to donate to Hospice Austin’s Christopher […]

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Finding Steve

Just so you won’t worry, this story has a happy ending. It starts off sad, because Curtis, a 50-year-old Hospice Austin patient, had lost his cat, Steve, and normally lost cat stories don’t end well.  You may remember Curtis from a previous Season of Caring Campaign in the Austin-American Statesman. He was sponsored by Hospice Austin […]

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Brave Kids, Brave Hearts

I would love to tell you about how Camp Brave Heart has helped me. My dad passed away in a car accident that I was in when I was 6. I did no counseling, therapy, etc. until I was 11 and it started to show. I went to Camp Brave Heart honestly thinking it wouldn’t help. Then I got to camp. […]

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Celebrating Leslie

Sunday was the first annual Leslie Fest – a party celebrating the life and 61st birthday of Leslie Cochran, Austin’s beloved cross-dressing, homeless mayoral candidate. Leslie died on March 8 at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House. Though certainly the most famous, Leslie is not the first homeless patient we’ve cared for. In fact, there’s been many.  […]

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