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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sometimes you have the perfect phone number — for someone else.

Such was the case with Mike Ketchmark, the regional loss prevention manager for Dollar General. His number — 716-467-7423 — was much more fitting for someone else: Niagara Hospice. Spelled out, the number is 716-HOSPICE.

Ketchmark recently donated his company cell phone number to Niagara Hospice for use in promotional and recruitment efforts.

"When I was approached about making the donation, it was an easy decision to make because I knew it would help individuals find the hospice care they need," Ketchmark said. "I actually received phone calls in the past from people looking for hospice services without realizing the connection to the number; making the transfer seemed the right thing to do."

Several employees in Dollar General's corporate office, as well as Ketchmark locally, donated their time to help make the transfer possible. Niagara Hospice expressed gratitude to Ketchmark and Dollar General for their gift and supporting the mission of hospice care in Niagara County.

Niagara Hospice director of marketing and public relations, Tricia Degan said: “The main Niagara Hospice number of 716-439-4417 that has been in use for the past 26 years will continue to be active. The addition of 716-HOSPICE is a number people will be better able to remember should they have a need to call for information, a referral, or support and other resources for which Niagara Hospice has become long known.”

Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to over 20,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with serious illness. No one is ever denied hospice care due to inability to pay. For more information, visit or call 716-HOSPICE.

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