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Tree lighting at McLeod Hospice in Florence to honor Mark Raines

November 22, 2017 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – McLeod Hospice will celebrate its 32nd Annual “A Light for Someone You Love” Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7.

The “The Light for Someone You Love” ceremony will be held at McLeod Regional Medical Center adjacent to the McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research.

The program is sponsored by the McLeod Health Foundation to directly fund items needed for the McLeod Hospice House. The proceeds from the event allow the hospice house to help patients remain comfortable in their homes, to provide bereavement care for families being served as well as others in the community and to offer a grief camp for children titled Camp Jessie’s Kids. The foundation said the tree lighting ceremony raises approximately $60,000 each year for McLeod Hospice.

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Lights are available with gifts to McLeod Hospice of $25 each. Sponsorships are also available for $1,000 in honor of or memory of an individual. One hundred percent of each gift is tax deductible. The lighted trees will not only help brighten the community this holiday season, but they also wil represent the light of hope to McLeod Hospice patients and their families.

During the ceremony, the family of Mark Raines will light the trees and the Masterworks Children’s Choir will perform. The Raines family has attended the tree lighting ceremony for the past 15 years and has consistently supported McLeod’s Hospice House, but after Mark Raines died in December 2015, the ceremony has taken on a whole new meaning for the family.

“Two years ago my dad was at the Hospice House, and you personally realize what these nurses and doctors are doing and get an understanding of what hospice really is,” said Cadie Snead, Raines’ daughter. “It has a deeper meaning now, because we have personally been blessed by it.”

Mark Raines, a Hartsville native and founding member of Raines Hospitality, died in December 2015 following a battle with chronic lung disease. After his death, Raines’ wife and children view the tree lighting ceremony as a way of not only supporting McLeod Hospice House but also honoring Raines’ memory as a loving husband and father.

Raines’ son Grey said McLeod Hospice was a blessing during a really difficult time for the family, and now the program and the ceremony are all the more special.

“We saw firsthand what all the hospice program brings to the family and to the person who is passing,” Grey said. “We’ve been big supporters of McLeod for a long time, but with losing my father and working through the hospice program and the blessing that was during a really difficult time, it means that much more to us now.”

For more information on the McLeod Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony, call 843-777-2694. Gifts to the McLeod Hospice Tree Lighting also can be made by visiting mcleodfoundation.org.