As members of our local community, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Veterinary Medical profession at BCVH we feel a great responsibility to be actively engaged in helping pets and people. We believe it is important to ‘give back’ to our profession and our community in a number of ways.
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What the BCVH Team is currently doing in the community…
2016 Trailblaze Challenge – Mahican-Mohawk Trail
Our own Dr. Amy Hurd and Dr. Aurora Richards will be hiking a 30 mile stretch of the Mahican-Mohawk Trail as part of the 2016 Trailblaze Challenge. This hike will help to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island Foundation and their goal of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Please support Drs. Amy Hurd and Aurora Richards as they attempt to hike 30 miles in one day on October 1st to raise funds for “Make-A-Wish Mass & RI”. They have appropriately named their team after the popular television show “The Walking Dead” as that’s what they are anticipating they will resemble towards the end of their 30 mile journey.
As some of you know, Dr. Richards’ children have a genetic disease, and her oldest has had other life threatening complications as well. At the age of 16, her daughter Karen Richards has had 20 surgeries, half of which have involved the brain, spine, or vasculature in her brain. When Dr. Richards is absent from work, it is not for vacation or to relax, it is usually to travel with her daughter to surgeons in the Washington DC and Virginia area who specialize in these conditions. To keep Dr. Richards’ spirits up she relies on the staff at BCVH, her furry patients, and you, our clients.
Three years ago her daughter applied to “Make-A-Wish” for a wish. She was granted one, and chose to travel to London for a shopping spree along with her whole family. For one week she was a kid, and Dr. Richards was a “normal” mom on a fabulous vacation, not worrying about surgeries, medicine, hospitalizations, etc. This one small wish has lasted a lifetime for them, and “Make a Wish” does this for 380 children in the Massachusetts/Rhode Island area every year.
Therefore, when Dr. Hurd and Dr. Richards were both told by their physicians to do something active for their own health, and Dr. Richards received an email about a hike to benefit “Make-A-Wish,”, a plan was formed. The two decided to not only do something active, but to strive to do something crazy like walking 30 miles in one day AND to benefit other families by supporting “Make A Wish.” We hope as clients of BCVH you’ll consider supporting “Make-A-Wish” as well by donating to their individual fundraising pages or their team fundraising page.
Please remember that anything helps. We thank you very much your consideration.
To Donate to Dr. Amy Hurd’s Page:
To Donate to Dr. Aurora Richards’ Page:
To Donate to the “Walking Dead” Team Page:
Drs. Amy Hurd & Aurora Richards
“Karen Richards (Dr. Richards’ daughter) Still Smiling”
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