Etcetera - 12/06/10

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Walla Wallan Sarah Yuan is currently in China where she and a small group of students at her school in Shanghai have been planning a fundraising campaign through a bake sale, an outdoor scavenger hunt, candygrams and a school outing for students.

"The school is very small, only 180 students K-12, so although we may not be able to raise a lot of money here, we are trying to raise awareness of Hospice at the very least. I'm hoping to do the majority of my fundraising online through the website once it is complete," Sarah said in an e-mail to Laurie Klicker with Walla Walla Community Hospice. "I am so happy to be doing this."

Sarah's major goal is to raise funds for WWCH in honor of the late Tom Clark. Her goal is to summit Africa's highest peak, the 19,341-foot-high Mount Kilimanjaro in northeastern Tanzania over the Chinese New Year in mid-February. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain and the fourth-most prominent mountain in the world, according to Wikipedia.

Sarah is the daughter of Nanqi You of Walla Walla. "As a daughter of a cancer survivor and an admirer of the work Hospice performs, I'm grateful to have this opportunity to give a little back," Sarah said via e-mail.

Sarah's family met Tom and Sue Clark some years ago, Sue said. Thomas Alan Clark died on April 3, 2010, just missing his 55th birthday this year on April 16. He was the son of Norbert and Bonnie Clark. He had struggled with and died at his home from complications associated with pulmonary fibrosis.

He had been home on hospice care since December 2009, "surrounded by family and friends and simply living each day to its fullest as if it were his last," his obituary said. Tom doted on Sue's daughter Heather Marsh, his and Sue's daughter Morgan Clark and his only grandchild, Ciara Rucker. He worked in various capacities with the Walla Walla Community College Facilities Department. He was a member of the WWCC Athletic Booster Club.

WWCC employes showered him with love and support during his illness, his obituary said. They shared leave time with him, brought meals to his home, ... "simply cared when he needed care the most."

"When Tom entered hospice care we did so with some anxiety. However, when all of us peered out the window at the two women (nurse Brenda and socialworker Kathy) coming up our walk we felt totally at ease.

"These two women made a bad situation a better one. They became family. Our family will be forever grateful to them and all the hospice workers."

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