Mount Evans Home Health and Hospice


A 30-year-old watering hole on Interlocken

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It’s 6 a.m. on July 4, and Hiwan residents Priscilla O’Leary and her husband, Mike, are hard at work.

Priscilla and Mike are just 2 of the roughly 150 volunteers whose selfless sweat and support ensure that Evergreen’s annual Freedom Run 5K runs like an All-American Swiss watch. As bright orange dawn starts to break across the eastern sky, others are busily placing signs and cones along the route, checking in runners, and prepping for the monster after-party at Nick’s Pro Fitness. On their quiet stretch of Interlocken Drive, the O’Learys hustle to erect rows folding tables in front of their home, and to deck the street’s thick walls of green pines in red, white and blue.


Nearly a thousand celebrated the Fourth by running for Hospice

Written by Beth Foster on .


Nine hundred and seventy-five folks ages 2 to 85 walked, trotted, strollered or ran the Fourth of July Freedom Run 5K benefiting Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, our community’s only nonprofit home healthcare provider. Now in its 36th year, the Freedom Run starts at Evergreen Middle School and winds 3.1 miles through residential streets to Nick’s Pro Fitness, where a post-race party provides food, fun and entertainment to race participants and their families.



  • Cole Sprout, 13, 16:42
  • Nathan Odlesby, 20, 17:02
  • Bob Weiner, 52, 17:06

Make the 36th annual Freedom Run part of your 4th of July

Written by Beth Foster on .

Whether you walk, run, stroll, or cheer from the sidelines, the Freedom Run is a great way to kick off your Fourth of July. And the event doesn’t end at the finish line — after the race, participants and their families and friends are invited to enjoy refreshments, music, games and fun at Nick’s Pro Fitness.

The 36th annual Freedom Run 5K benefits Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice in Evergreen.

The scenic 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) course follows gently rolling terrain through residential areas, beginning at Evergreen Middle School at 8:00 am. Online registration at is encouraged.

Participants can also register in person through July 3 at the Mount Evans office, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen. Mount Evans is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will be open for registration and bib/chip/t-shirt pickup from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 3.

Those wishing to register on race day are asked to be at Evergreen Middle School by 6:45 a.m. The entry fee is $35 for adults and $15 for children and youth 18 and under (add $5 on race day). Follow the race on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear about special discounts advertised online only.

Funds raised by the Freedom Run will help Mount Evans care for underinsured or uninsured patients as well as support numerous services including grief counseling, transportation for patients to medical appointments, respite care for family caregivers, and Camp Comfort, a bereavement camp for children. For more information about the 2017 Freedom Run, go to or call 303-674-6400.

Major sponsors of the event are Ades Design, New West Physicians, Evergreen Dental Group, The Ponzio Family, Carol Linke, Pete & Meryl Sabeff, Gordon & Rees, Susan Stearns and Frank O’Loughlin, Regan Orthodontics, Grayson Drexel, Candace Allen, Patty DeLucas and Wells Fargo Advisors, with all proceeds benefiting Mount Evans.


Weekend camp offers comfort, fun and fellowship to bereaved children

Written by Beth Foster on .

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice has announced dates for its two 2017 Camp Comfort sessions: June 16-18 and July 14-16. This award-winning bereavement camp, located in the Rocky Mountains just west of Denver, is a way for children ages 6 to 12 to explore their feelings of grief and share memories of their loved ones. More than 1,400 children have attended Camp Comfort since its establishment in 1995.

During this extraordinary weekend, children learn ways to cope with their grief through workshops led by counselors and trained bereavement professionals. A volunteer “buddy” system (with no more than two children to one adult) ensures that children receive plenty of personal, one-on-one attention. And, while children are encouraged to share memories and express their grief, Camp Comfort offers fun, too. The daily itinerary includes plenty of opportunities for recreation including swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts, fishing, and hiking.

The total cost to attend Camp Comfort, including all workshops, recreation, meals, snacks, and overnight accommodations, is $150. Scholarships are available based on financial need. For more information or to receive a brochure, visit the Camp Comfort website at or call Mount Evans at 303-674-6400.


Volunteers needed for Freedom Run

Written by Beth Foster on .

This isn’t work, it’s fun! Join the volunteers who make the Freedom Run a success. Whether you’re directing traffic, serving water to thirsty runners or entertaining participants, you’re encouraged to join the hard-working, fun-loving volunteers at the 36th annual Freedom Run 5K.

Volunteers are a major force in the success of this fundraiser for Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. The 3.1-mile walk/run starts at 8 a.m. at Evergreen Middle School and follows a gently rolling course to the finish line at the Nick’s Pro Fitness.

Volunteers are sought for a variety of duties such as registration, parking patrol, course safety, refreshments, finish line and clean-up, and there are volunteer opportunities before race day as well.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or accompanied by a parent or guardian. All race-day volunteers will receive a complimentary Freedom Run t-shirt.

This is a great opportunity for your organization to receive community service time with Mount Evans! We welcome Boy Scout Troops, athletic teams, clubs and other local organizations. Contact Lori Carpenter at 303-674-6400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be part of this exciting Fourth of July tradition.