Non-profit raising awareness to build a hospice center

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Kilee Harmon, CEO of Gaia Home, is putting the pedal to the metal as she practices her bike runs. She along with a team of others are preparing for “Race Across America.”

“A total of 14 people on the team and all four trips, so a total of 18 people that will actually help us get across the United States,” Harmon said.

The race begins in Oceanside, California and the final destination is Annapolis, Maryland.

“We’re doing this jump approach for about 4-6 hour shifts and then when we’re done. Lori Klabunde and Karin Gardiner start their 4-hour shifts,” said Harmon.

The reason behind the run is to raise awareness of Gaia Home, the six-city home hospice center that is intended to be built in Bismarck. It requires $12 million in funding.

“A lot of conversation started in 2013. There have been sections in the community that have talked about starting something like this. In 2019, Terry Rockstedt with the Rockstad Foundation began bringing together a group of community leaders,” said Harmon.

This is why Harmon will continue to ride and spread the message of why this matters to the community. Hospice providers will have 24/7 care staff, allowing families to ease the burden on families.

“With the end of life, the passing of a loved one, some of us are getting closer to that being an experience in our lives. Just seeing how impactful this is going to be for those going through the end-of-life experience is why we’re doing this and it gives us the energy of why we need to keep going,” Harmon said.

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This new address will prevent families from having to leave a feeling of home here in North Dakota.

“Currently, in the state of North Dakota, there isn’t a place that specializes in true home end-of-life care that is an option in many other states,” Harmon said.

The race is scheduled to start on June 14. For more information, click here.


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