the founding of Edmarc

Established in 1978, Edmarc Hospice for Children was the first hospice in the nation designed specifically for children. Edmarc is the only pediatric hospice organization in Hampton Roads. Edmarc was founded by the members of Suffolk Presbyterian Church in Suffolk, Virginia, along with their minister who was dying of cancer, and a young couple whose only son was dying of a progressive neuromuscular disease. The minister’s name was Edward and the boy’s name was Marcus. The agency is named in their memory.

In 1982, Edmarc Hospice for Children received a $300,000 grant from the Presbyterian Women. This generous community gift funded the development and expansion of our hospice, home health care, and bereavement support services. Edmarc now serves a wide geographic area that includes the Virginia Peninsula and all of Southside Hampton Roads. Edmarc Hospice for Children is a United Way agency that serves children with life-limiting illnesses and their families, regardless of their ability to pay for services.