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OMC’s 28th annual Lights of Life to help others

OMC’s 28th annual Lights of Life to help others

Campaign continues through the end of the year

The Ozarks Medical Center Lights of Life Christmas tree is now shining as a tribute in honor and memory of hundreds of individuals after the 28th annual community tree lighting ceremony on December 5.

The OMC Foundation Lights of Life campaign gives area residents an opportunity to honor and remember their loved ones by sponsoring a tree light for $15. To date, the campaign has had a record year and more donations are anticipated. Donations will be accepted thru January 31. The tree and the list of those honored with lights on the tree will also be displayed through the end of the December. The list will be updated daily with new donations.

Funds raised during the Lights of Light campaign benefit several programs and services, including the OMC Foundation Endowment, the OMC Cancer Treatment Center, OMC Hospice, OMC Heart Care Services, OMC Wound Care and OMC Women and Children Services.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Jennifer Moore who shared stories of how OMC helped a friend of hers through her cancer diagnosis and treatment. Moore also shared of her personal experience at OMC. “This is what really stood out to me. I’ve received medical care in many places, in some of what are considered the world’s greatest cities, but what set this experience apart [at OMC] was the compassion.”

“That is what this hospital does. It preserves and it improves, and it saves, and it enriches lives. And it does so with a degree of compassion. And I am so proud of OMC and all the people who have contributed to make this hospital what it is today,” Moore added.

Chosen to light this year’s tree was the family of Sam and Rachel Cobb and their children Clairie, Blythe, Brooks, Graham, Jane, Reed and Tess.

The invocation was provided by Reverend Diane Cooke, pastor the Presbyterian Church of Willow Springs and Mountain View. The Swing Set, a special group from the West Plains High School Concert Choir, performed a variety of holiday favorites. Emaline Yorty was featured as a soloist. The group is under the direction of Kelly Dame. Mariam Zeidan, daughter of Jennifer Moore, performed “Chorale” on the harp and also provided the music prior and post event. Tom Keller, President and CEO of OMC, gave closing remarks.

Those still wishing to place a light or ornament on the Lights of Life Christmas tree to honor or in memory of someone may do so by sending a tax-deductible donation to the OMC Foundation. For information or to request a donation form, call 417-853-5200. Donation forms also are available at the visitors’ information desk in the main lobby of the medical center, and at the OMC Foundation office, located at No. 12 Parkway Center.

Pictured with Carol Silvey, Vice President for Advancement of the OMC Foundation, are the OMC Lights of Life Tree lighters, the family of Sam and Rachel Cobb: Clairie, Blythe, Brooks, Graham, Jane, Reed and Tess.

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