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Marathon's success adds up for Willson Hospice House

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The success of Albany's Snickers Marathon Energy Bar Marathon has meant more money and exposure for the services Hospice provides in the community.

In the three years since it started the marathon has grown to host more than 1,440 participants last year. More than 28 sponsors including Mars Snackfood helped organizers this year raise $25,000 for the Willson Hospice House. The money will help fund the inpatient facility that's scheduled to open in May, but the exposure is priceless.

"Every event like this not only is it a fundraiser, but it also increases the community awareness of hospice, and there are many people out there who don't know about hospice and so they don't receive our services," said Patty Woodall, Willson Hospice House Director.

Next year's marathon will be run in memory of Sara Underdown who helped get the event off the ground. Friday organizers presented her husband a plaque.

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