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Danbury Hospice Unveils Mascot To Help Kids Cope

William, a dog mascot, meets officials at Regional Hospice and Home Care in Danbury.
William, a dog mascot, meets officials at Regional Hospice and Home Care in Danbury. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- Guests at Regional Hospice and Home Care in Danbury recently met William, a dog mascot who serves as a metaphor for the determination and good-hearted feisty optimism that paved the way for their Center for Comfort Care and Healing.

More than just a meaningful face — William is also on a tour of duty to add a dose of lighted-hearted fun for the children participating in the Center’s bereavement programs.

In a new Healing Hearts Center for Grief and Loss activity named Where’s William, William’s photo will accompany children participating in the Center’s bereavement programs on their adventures over the next six months. With his photo in hand, each child will be able to submit William’s whereabouts to Regional Hospice via email to events@regionalhospicect.org for friends to follow on the Regional Hospice Facebook page.

A bronze French bulldog with a prestigious provenance and namesake, William is the 2003 creation of internationally-renowned British sculptor, Nicola Hicks, and is on loan from the personal collection of French-born businessman/poet/philanthropist, William Louis-Dreyfus.

“What an honor to have Nicola Hicks’ art in our Center! I am deeply grateful to Mr. Louis-Dreyfus for allowing William to take up residence as our temporary mascot,” said President & CEO Cynthia Emiry Roy. “Mr. Louis-Dreyfus generously hosted two events at his gallery to generate support during our campaign to build the Center. It is a pleasure to have MaryAnne Costello and Christina Kee, who manage the William Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection and were docents for our guests at those events, here with us today.”

“Where’s William will be great fun for our Healing Hearts children,” said Joanna DeNicola, the manager of Regional Hospice’s Healing Hearts Center for Grief and Loss. “He will be with them in school, playing outside, on road trips, wherever they feel like posting his photo. William is also a symbol of our children’s resilient spirit that makes them open to so much joy despite the losses they have experienced.”

Pictured left to right: Paul Sirois, Regional Hospice Chief Operating Officer; Christina Kee and MaryAnne Costello, William Louis-Dreyfus Gallery; William; John Royce, Chairman, Regional Hospice Volunteer Board of Directors; Cynthia Emiry Roy, Regional Hospice President & CEO; and Paul Loftus, Regional Hospice Volunteer Board Member.

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