On Saturday, Oct. 20, just in time for Halloween, Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s Halloween Doors and More transformed the Jacksonville Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall into a galaxy far, far away. As an homage to the cinematic classic “Star Wars,” this year’s theme was “May The Doors Be With You.” It was a star-studded event with appearances from Harry Potter, Dorrie, Nemo, Shrek and Darth Vader.
Halloween Doors & More is a gala of a different sort where guests saw huge smiles on the faces of children and adults alike. At this year’s star-studded event, kids and parents enjoyed a day of magic, fantasy and so much more. Proceeds from Halloween Doors & More benefited Community PedsCare, a program of Community Hospice supporting children living with serious illnesses and their families. About 94 percent of the costs incurred by Community PedsCare are not reimbursed by insurance. Community PedsCare brings comfort and care to enhance quality of life for patients from prenatal (before birth) to age 21. The program supports the specialized needs and medical care of the child, their parents and siblings, other family members, caregivers, classmates and teachers.Counseling and spiritual support help parents and siblings deal with the strain, facilitate legacy-building and can help parents to secure resources. Shown is a Hospice patient creatively dressed as as surgeon looking over at his partner in hospital crime, Jack-Jack from The Incredibles.