For more than 30 years, Hospice of Wichita Falls’ sole mission has been to help families with the passing of a loved one, and one Wichita Falls Independent School Disctrict sophomore is putting on a special event to help others in need.
Six months ago, Manasvi Reddy came up with the idea to host a dinner and dance to help Hospice where Reddy volunteers. The Rider sophomore, who hopes to get into the medical field sometime, said all the hard will be worth it in the end since hospice holds a special place in her heart.
At just 16-years-old, Reddy is one of many serving on the hospice volunteer team. She, like so many others, has been directly impacted by Hospice.
“My grandfather had pancreatic cancer and he actually lived in India, so he didn’t have access to a lot of the services that Hospice of Wichita Falls provides for its patients,” Reddy said. “I saw the building and I heard the term and wanted to get involved. I realized that if we have something like Hospice of Wichita Falls, here in Wichita Falls we should do everything we can to support it.”
Reddy will be showing her support for hospice through a fundraiser where all the proceeds going to the non-profit.
“I saw a need for a larger inpatient center because they are always full,” Reddy said. “They never saw a room empty hardly, so I just wanted to contribute to the community in my own way by combining my love of dancing and also my passion for medicine.”
Hospice Executive Director Alisa Echols said having someone put this together means so much to the organization.
“Just to have a 16-year-old that is thinking about a charity organization here in the community and giving back,” Echols said. “We really were just overwhelmed by her generosity. All of the work her parents have done to help support her we were just very overwhelmed by it.”
“It’s been a wonderful experience. Hospice of Wichita Falls has become a really big part of my heart because of my grandfather and just being there,” Reddy said. “I feel like I am very emotionally attached to the organization. I’m really lucky to be able to do this.”
Even though it’s been a lot of hard work, Reddy is excited to dance her way into the hearts of donors on Saturday night, all in hopes of raising money for a cause that helps so many in our community.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday The Forum and there will be tickets available at the door. The prices are $100 for a single ticket, $150 for a couple or $600 for a table for eight.