On December 4th, Regional Hospice launched its reveal for the Building Under the Stars, a public relations campaign that will bring to life the North Star pavilion, the first purpose-built, in-patient children’s hospice in the Northeast, and the fifth in the nation. The event, held at Le Chateau in South Salem, New York, emphasized the vital need for a dedicated space to support terminally ill children and their families, not only for end-of-life care but also for respite support, which is critical for parents and primary caregivers.
The North Star is a vision shared by Regional Hospice President & CEO, Cynthia Emiry Roy and renowned architect, Roger Ferris of Roger Ferris + Partners, both of whom spoke about their motivations for creating a place where children can live fully until they die. To underscore the need, Regional Hospice debuted Emily’s Last Wish, a poignant animation that tells the tale of hospice care through the eyes of Emily, a 10-year-old terminal brain cancer patient.
The evening featured a virtual tour by Roger Ferris—each of the four patient suites will feature ceilings that reflect real constellations, enabling young patients to look up at the wonder of the nighttime sky, a symbol of possibility and hope. New York singer-songwriter, Jonathan Davis, closed the event with a performance on the piano of “One Wish” an original score that he wrote for the event.
To learn how you can support the North Star so that it can one day support children and their families at the end of life, please visit our page on Emily’s Last Wish.