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Walking in the Name of Hope

Walking in the Name of Hope

Lily's loop
From left: Seniors Meghan Drain, Sarah Ganassa and Alexandra Thomas prepare to participate in Lily’s Hope Foundation walk — Lily’s Loop — in October 2015.
Brenda Lange

The 8th Annual Walk for Lily’s Hope Foundation will take place on the College campus on Wednesday, October 12, at 2 p.m., beginning at the Piazza. Join members of the Council for Exceptional Children of Chestnut Hill College in a passport event that always offers fun and fellowship while raising money for this important cause.

Lily’s Hope Foundation supports babies, children and families with various needs related to premature births by providing them with customized care packages consisting of preemie clothes and diapers, car seats or car seat beds, bassinets, gift cards and more. It is named after Lilian Hope Driscoll who was born seven weeks early in 2007. She struggled to survive and spent nearly a month in the neonatal intensive care unit. As she grew, she underwent speech and physical therapies and had gastrointestinal and pulmonary issues.

Lily’s younger brother, Aidan, was born three weeks prematurely and struggles with similar issues. The siblings are the great niece and great nephew of CHC’s Marie Bambrick, SSJ, M.Ed., who retired from teaching at the end of the 2016 academic year and now volunteers part time in the Office of Institutional Advancement where she works with donors and scholarships.

“We are so grateful to our CHC family for all the love and support they have shown the foundation and our family over the years, and we’re looking forward to this year’s event,” says Sister Marie.

In addition to the walk, donations may be made outside the Dining Room in Fournier Hall through October 19, and every donor will receive a raffle ticket good toward various prizes and gift cards to local restaurants.

The walk is less than a mile and all walkers have an opportunity to win prizes. If it rains, meet in the Rotunda. Enjoy refreshments on the 4th floor of St. Joseph Hall after the walk.

For more information, visit www.lilyshopefoundation.org

— Brenda Lange

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