Now celebrating its 33rd year, 2018’s edition of the Los Angeles Marathon was held on 18th March and an inspirational team of people from all walks of life represented Hospices of Hope!
Inspired by the 1984 Summer Olympic Games which was held in the city, this 26.219 mile race has been held every year since 1986 and celebrates the power of sport to bring us together and achieve our goals.
Our team of 15 people ran the event to raise funds for our vital work developing technology to improve the lives of the terminally and seriously ill in Eastern Europe, the US and the wider world. The money raised through their effort will go towards supporting investment in tech for palliative care and projects like the Copaceni centre: a ground-breaking facility for seriously ill children and their families in Romania.
The Hospices of Hope team of 15 included Cristian Ilie, Constinela Dragan, Lyle Anderson and our CEO, Alex Padureanu who we’ve recently interviewed on our blog, focusing on what inspired them to run the marathon.
It was our 3rd time running in the LA Marathon and we were so honoured to be selected to take part in it. Lots of charities apply each year but only a few are selected and not all of them get such great spots at such a famous race!
Right after the race, Alex commented: “We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the supporters and organisers who made the day such a success. We’d also like to send our special thanks to every one of the participants who ran for us. Your passion, dedication and determination is an inspiration to us all.”
The LA Marathon is probably one of the best in the world in terms of its versatile terrain and sites. The course of the marathon gives runners a true experience of LA. The Stadium to the Sea route takes runners from the world’s third-oldest ballpark, Dodger Stadium through to Sunset Boulevard, Beverley Hills and even a section of Route 66, to a beautiful finish line just a stone’s throw away from the Santa Monica Pier. With a net elevation drop of 430 feet, it’s a varied course, testing experienced runners and new-comers alike.
We had a fantastic day – well done everyone!
Developing technology to improve care for the terminally and seriously ill, Hospices of Hope is transforming healthcare in some of the poorest areas of Eastern Europe— where access to vital care or facilities can be very challenging. It’s not only Eastern Europe that benefits though our work though. The advanced technology that we’re developing here has benefits for the USA and the entire world too. Find out more about our projects and how you can help, here.
About the Charity
Hospices of Hope developed from very small beginnings into a leading palliative and hospice care organization in South East Europe. Since 1992, we have facilitated care for more than 40,000 patients in Romania, Moldova and Serbia and have trained more than 20,000 health care professionals from all over Central and Eastern Europe. However, much work is still to be done as there are still many vulnerable countries and groups of beneficiaries that desperately need care and do not receive it.
Hospices of Hope in the USA
The support we have received from the US has been humbling, we were incredibly inspired by people who donated money, time and skills to an organization offering services thousands of miles away from where they live and we have responded by opening a small office in Nyack, New York, thanks to the amazing support of Dr Ronna McHammond. Ronna still runs our US branch of Hospices of Hope.
One of the most important components of our activity in the US has been, from the beginning, the transfer of know how to the country where we operate, good practice, empowering nurses etc. It all started with a project with the Rhode Island and Boston University.
At the moment we are using the skills, experience and knowledge of organizations like Cedars Sinai in LA, Stanford University or Mott Hospital in Michigan which arepioneering and piloting the usage of technology in therapy.
Find out more about our work.