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Memory + love = Meals on Wheels Walkathon Team, the Clogston Cloggers

April 2015 MOW Cloggers photo 3April 2015 MOW Cloggers photo 2What do people do when someone they love dearly passes out of this world suddenly without any advanced warning? At the end of 2007, LifePath staff had to cope with losing a beloved coworker, Debbie Clogston.

To get through this terrible shock, LifePath staff formed a walk team for the Meals on Wheels Walkathon in her memory: the Clogston Cloggers. Seven years later, they’re still going strong.

Lesley Bolduc, left, and Jennifer Glover, right, remember their departed friend and coworker as they share stories, photos, and a quilt, reminiscing about her life and creating a memorial walk team in her name, the Clogston Cloggers.Lesley Bolduc, left, and Jennifer Glover, right, remember their departed friend and coworker as they share stories, photos, and a quilt, reminiscing about her life and creating a memorial walk team in her name, the Clogston Cloggers.

Lesley Bolduc, LifePath’s 17-year veteran Case Manager, tears up while smiling. “Debbie loved life. She was so fun and caring. She was not a perfect person; she was first to tell you that. But she was a perfect friend.”

Stories of Deb’s playfulness tumble out. She loved to give coworkers funny things: Lesley got cows of all shapes. Deb kept a bookcase in her office filled with goodies for coworkers to snack on.

Jen Glover – eight-year expert in LifePath’s Housing, SHINE, and Case Management programs – relates that “the staff made a quilt in her honor.” Everyone made a square. “She loved Tickle-Me-Elmo,” Jen grins, “so one of the squares on the quilt has Elmo’s picture on it.”

The Clogston Cloggers feel Debbie with them in spirit as they pour their hearts into collecting gifts to support Meals on Wheels, including by selling Jen’s homemade dog biscuits, Bean’s Biscuits.

Debbie’s surviving family members are always generous to the team, helping the Cloggers win “Most Money Raised by a Team” five times.

“We’d love to have more staff join us,” says Lesley. “I may bring my puppy, Asiago, this year.”

Jen plans to bring her dog family: Bean the Boston terrier and Scout the golden lab.

Bring your leashed dogs, your neighbors, and your kids to the Meals on Wheels Walkathon: Saturday, May 2, 8-11am, Franklin County Tech. School.