ROCK SPRINGS—Local members of Healthy Wyoming will host a candlelight vigil in Rock Springs this week to honor and remember those who have died and who are suffering because they cannot afford healthcare.
The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 17, at Bunning Park. Everyone is invited to attend.
The vigil in Rock Springs is part of a series of events hosted by the Healthy Wyoming coalition in communities across our state this month, mostly on September 17. Vigils are scheduled in Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, Rock Springs, Sheridan, and Gillette. Others are being planned in Lander, Jackson, Cody, Thermopolis, and elsewhere. See a full list of events here.
“Wyoming is experiencing a healthcare crisis, with tens of thousands of adults unable to afford basic care,” Rock Springs resident Bernadine Craft said. “The human cost of this crisis is staggering, and it impacts all of us. But this cost is rarely acknowledged in public. Families and friends are too often left to grieve and struggle in isolation as their loved ones suffer and die. We’re hoping to change that.”
The vigils will publicly bring together community and faith leaders, individuals directly impacted by the healthcare crisis, and Wyoming residents who are dedicated to finding solutions.
In addition to providing opportunities to honor our neighbors, these events will demonstrate to state policymakers that the people of Wyoming demand action.
“We recognize that Wyoming’s political leaders have the ability to prevent death and suffering through policy decisions like expanding Medicaid,” Healthy Wyoming organizer Marcie Kindred said. “We understand that they can save people’s lives, and we ask them to immediately act.”
The vigils across the state will look different in each community, as local residents are responsible for organizing each one. They will differ in size and scope, but they will all be orderly, respectful gatherings. All events will take place outdoors, where COVID-19 transmission rates remain very low. Participants will respect social distancing and wear masks when appropriate. The events will be livestreamed and recorded when possible.