Midland Care hosts Celebration Walk memorial events

Despite rain, Midland Care Celebration Walk to continue
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 4:06 PM CDT|Updated: May. 13, 2022 at 7:55 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The early rain Friday didn’t stop Midland Care from holding their annual Celebration Walk to honor loved ones lost.

The annual “Celebration Walk” started at 6 p.m. on their campus at 200 Southwest Frazier Circle.

Thousands of luminaries were lit across the campus along with their live monarch butterfly release. They also made sidewalk chalk available for people to write heartfelt messages or draw images in front of the names of the luminaries. Paradize Band, Antiques & Collectibles, Mike Eichten, Flamingos, Jeff and Deb with Bill, Santa Fe Band, and Bill Horn Band played music throughout the evening.

Friday’s events included a Salute to Veterans followed by the National Anthem

There was a Children’s Coloring Contest Announcement and Community Connection Award won by Veronica Padilla.

They also had bounce houses for the kids.

At around 8:30 p.m., they held their Reading of Names ceremony recognizing those who passed away last year.

The walk was free to attend. President and CEO Shawn Sullivan projected around 2,000 to 3,000 people would attend Friday’s events saying it’s a great opportunity for young and old to honor those who passed last year.

You can also find more information, or donate, at Midland Care’s website.

”This is an event that receives incredible support from the community, from donations, to corporate sponsors. It’s just great to see all that culminate into people coming to have fun,” he said. “We’re just grateful for the community support that we receive and this is one of the events that we hold throughout the year to help us pay for those that are unable to pay for their services.”

All funds raised at the event support its promise to provide hospice service, regardless of the ability to pay.

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