Posted 1/13/2015 by hhill
For twenty years, I organized a marvelous annual event called Celebration of Life.
We started off with a program here at the hospital, attended by about 100 people. Within five or six years, we had outgrown our space here and moved the event to the Harvard Medical School where we used their graduation tent (and that always dictated our schedule) and classrooms for workshops. It was a very difficult decision last year to stop this tradition, but the finances had become impossible. We were determined to offer the day long program, including breakfast and lunch, at no cost to participants, and the expenses had grown to almost $150,000. We no longer could raise the money, but the 1000 or so people who came each year and I felt very sad about this necessary choice.