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Hospice program celebrates Mardi Gras

Marifrances McCartney poses with the Ruby Reds Jazz Band during her Mardi Gras celebration. (click for larger version)
February 10, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — Marifrances McCartney has always had a passion for the culture of her hometown, New Orleans, but now, at 92 years old, McCartney lives in Cumming at the Crossroads Hospice center, far from the festivities of her birthplace.

The "Gift of a Day" program at McCartney's assisted living center wanted to bring a little bit of New Orleans to her by throwing a Mardi Gras party.

Hosted at the Oaks Senior Living facility, the event featured the Ruby Reds Jazz Band, Mardi Gras decorations and a feast of seafood gumbo fit for a New Orleans native.

McCartney was able to relive some of her favorite Mardi Gras memories through the program.

Crossroads Hospice's "Gift of a Day" program asks patients their idea of a perfect day, and staff and volunteers work to make perfect days become reality.

"The requests are as varied as the patients we serve, challenging us to find creative ways to bring about a perfect day. The gifts have brought smiles, tears, laughter and joy to countless terminally ill patients and their families," said Jennifer Anderson, executive director for Crossroads Hospice's Atlanta office.

Crossroads Hospice is committed to being at the forefront of the hospice care industry by providing highly unique, comprehensive and compassionate hospice services to persons experiencing life-limiting illnesses through programs like "Gift of a Day."

For more information about "Ultimate Gift" experiences, visit or call 770-270-9898.

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