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Walk of Faith Steps Out Sunday, September 18

Philanthropy Walkers of all ages and their dogs will be stepping out on behalf of Faith in Action at the Walk of Faith on Sunday, September, 18, 2016, at 3 p.m. This fun-filled walk in support of the respite care ministry of Faith in Action starts at Tillamook Regional Medical Center, pauses at the 9th Street Park for a brief water break and blessing of the canine walkers, and ends back at the medical center with light refreshments.

Each year Faith in Action also honors an individual or family that has experienced the challenges and rewards of care giving. In gratitude for the more than 17 years that she has served as a Wellspring respite day center volunteer, we will recognize Chris Ping as this year’s Walk of Faith honoree.

Walk of Faith is for everyone, from babies in stroller to families and groups to individuals in wheelchairs. Family dogs are welcomed to participate, as they are great companions and often caregivers, too. Festivities and awards will include honoring of caregivers – human and canine – as well as awards for the best-behaved dogs. The first 20 dogs will receive a special “doggie bag” filled with treats donated by local businesses and individuals. 

Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration forms are available at area churches, in the hospital’s front lobby and online at Registration fees: Children under 12 years $5; dogs (leash required) $5; individuals $10; families, including the dog $25; groups of 10+ for $100. There is no charge for participants in strollers or wheelchairs and their attendants.

“When you’re caring for a loved one full time, taking care of yourself often takes a back seat,” shared Mollie Reding, Faith in Action Volunteer Coordinator. “It’s important to make sure you take some personal time to renew your energy level. Faith in Action can help by providing respite care services either in your home with a trained volunteer or through Wellspring respite day center where there is also a licensed nurse.”

Faith in Action volunteers offer hope, support, and friendship to people of all ages who battle chronic illness, mental illness, and disabilities through in-home respite care, friendly visiting, house work, yard work, and minor home repairs. Faith in Action also operates Wellspring, an adult respite day care center that offers an affordable “day away” for caregivers 4 days per month. For information about Faith in Action, call (503)-815-2272.

Tillamook Regional Medical Center and its services are a part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 31,000 includes more than 22,350 employees; 4,800 medical staff physicians; and 3,850 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 275 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becher’s list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the US for 2015. For more information, visit