Stark establishes endowment fund for Our Hospice of South Central Indiana

Sherry Risk Stark, Columbus, has made a “transformational gift,” the largest gift ever received by Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, to establish an endowment fund in memory of her parents.

Stark has established the James Kirby Risk Jr. and Caroline Robinson Risk Fund for Palliative Support in memory of her parents, Kirby and Caroline Risk, hospice officials announced.

The fund is to honor the life lessons her parents taught through their service to others, their civic and humanitarian efforts and their many acts of kindness, hospice officials said.

“I first learned about the concept of palliative care through trainings provided to the hospital trustees,” Stark said. “I was immediately intrigued and recognized what a positive and life changing service it could offer people when they are the most vulnerable. I later was happy to learn that Our Hospice of South Central Indiana had made the commitment to begin a palliative care program and would be working closely with Columbus Regional Health. This innovative program struck me as just the kind of thing my parents would have chosen to support.”

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