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Wings of Hope: Providing Support for Erie Area Hospice Patients


When you hear “Wings of Hope” you may think of the LECOM Visiting Nurses Association’s (VNA) annual Wings of Hope Butterfly Release, but Wings of Hope is much more than an event. Wings of Hope is a fund created to support Erie VNA hospice services in a variety of ways. The Butterfly Release and Winter Wings of Hope fundraisers not only raise money for the fund, but they allow families to commemorate their loved ones and grieve in a positive way.

Donations made to the Wings of Hope fund are used to provide aid to VNA patients throughout the Erie, Pennsylvania region who have inadequate or no health insurance. In addition, the funds are often used to provide hospice patients with special experiences and to grant their final wishes. This is what makes the Wings of Hope fund so special. In the past, the fund has been used to provide patients with family dinners, cupcakes on their birthdays, and even to restore a patient’s beloved fountain. Bringing smiles to the faces of Erie’s hospice patients and their families during a difficult time is what the Wings of Hope fund is all about.

This holiday season, the LECOM Visiting Nurses Association is hosting their second annual Winter Wings of Hope fundraiser. This fundraiser provides the community with an opportunity to purchase angel candles in remembrance of their loved ones, while donating to a great cause. Candles are $25 each, or five candles can be purchased for $100. With your donation to the Wings of Hope fund, you will receive your candle(s), and the name of your loved one will appear in rotation on our three, double-sided, digital billboard screens in Erie (3041 West 26th Street, and two located in the 5400 block of Peach Street) throughout the month of December.

Please consider purchasing a candle and donating to the Wings of Hope fund this holiday season. Your donation is sure to make a difference in the life of a hospice patient right here in Erie. To purchase a candle, visit: