Local brothers raise needed funds for Merrimack Valley Hospice House


January, 2011

HAVERHILL. – Two local brothers have made an extraordinary effort to raise funds for the Merrimack Valley Hospice House this holiday season.

During the Ocasio’s True Martial Arts Black Belt Extravaganza on December 4th, the Newton, New Hampshire brothers featured a booth of homemade ornaments and crafts to support Merrimack Valley Hospice House.

Throughout the day Trevor Langlois, 12, and Tyler Langlois, 8, who attend Ocasio’s True Martial Arts and are both black belts, were able to raise $400 and made a donation in honor of their great grandmother, Dorothy Dumas, who passed away at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House last year. She was an important part of their life, attending each of their karate belt ceremonies.

“The boys were touched by the kindness of the nurses and staff, how beautiful the house was and they wanted to do something to give back,” said their mother, Amanda Langlois. “The staff at

Merrimack Valley Hospice House welcomed the boys with open arms, encouraging them to visit as long as they wanted.”

“We were happy that our Great Grammy had somewhere so nice to be before she went to heaven,” said Trevor.

Merrimack Valley Hospice, the leader in hospice care for more than 30 years, provides comprehensive comfort care and palliative services to patients nearing the end-of- life. Using an innovative team approach Merrimack Valley Hospice offers physical, social, spiritual and emotional care for patients and grief and bereavement support for families, wherever they call home; in their own home, an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. The Merrimack Valley Hospice House, opened in June 2009, is a unique in-patient residence for patient in need of a level of care that cannot be provided in another non-acute setting.

The agency is affiliated with Home Health VNA and HomeCare, Inc. Together, the three agencies serve more than 90 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.MerrimackValleyHospice.org