WHO WE ARE
Hooves Across America is part of the Cheshire Horse Council, a group of horse-loving folks who get together for trail rides, parades, and to support the community through fundraising rides and horse visits to hospices, food pantries, rehabilitation centers, and more. Hooves Across America was created to broaden our local efforts to all fifty states.
WHY WE RIDE
On September 26, 2015 Hooves Across America is riding for the National Hospice Foundation. The hospice cause is important and holds personal meaning to the Cheshire Horse Council, and particularly to our president, Bob LaRosa. Bob’s brother Victor who passed away at the age of 68 of brain cancer, spent his final days in the comfort of VITAS, an inpatient hospice unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT. Bob was touched and grateful for the care and compassion shown to his brother in his final days, so he and the Cheshire Horse Council arranged a fundraising and awareness
ride in September 2014 to support VITAS. The success of that ride inspired them to create
Hooves Across America, taking the fundraising effort national.
The National Hospice Foundation “envisions a world where everyone facing serious illness, death, and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer.” Donations to the National Hospice Foundation support educational resources created for the general public, covering topics such as care giving, home safety, advanced care planning (even providing free downloadable state specific advance care directives), grief and bereavement, as well as provide tools and training to their members who deliver hospice and palliative care at the bedside Across the country. In addition, the Foundation supports work impacting and improving the care of children and Veterans, the development of global hospice partnerships, and makes possible experiences that help make a hospice patient’s last times with family and friends extra special.