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Using our gifts

May 28, 2015

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

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Artist Bill Ward at work

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region received a very welcome surprise a few months ago when we learned that we had been included in the will of painter William “Bill” Ward.  It was an unexpected blessing because Bill was not under the care of HPCCR when he died.  And while it took us a while to get to the bottom of this story, his generous gesture let us know that someone he loved dearly must have benefited from hospice.  What’s more, it clearly made an impact on him.

Bill never married nor had children. But he had a very close relationship with his grandniece, Mary Frances Lawing, because of their joint love of art. For many years, Bill taught art to elementary and middle school students and throughout his life he was a prolific painter.  Modest to a fault, he never had an art show of his own or sold any of his creations.  He constantly practiced, however, taking inspiration from some of his favorite artists – Matisse, Picasso, and other post-impressionist painters.

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One of Bill Ward’s pieces

When Bill died, he left all of his tangible property to Mary and dictated that, once liquidated, the proceeds should be donated to HPCCR.  Bill had painted hundreds of pieces in various mediums – oils, acrylics, pastels, and watercolors.  He had also crafted some sculptures and even built several pieces of furniture.

Bill originally came to Charlotte at the request of his sister Edith (Mary’s grandmother) and he lived with her until she passed away in 1993.  Turns out Edith was cared for by Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. Bill was deeply touched by the experience; he was especially moved by the compassion the care team showed his sister and the rest of his family.

Because of Bill’s artistic gift, he was able to give HPCCR an amazing financial gift.  And we can pass his gift forward, in the form of exceptional of end-of-life care, to those who need us most.  A beautiful blessing indeed.

Want to ensure that future generations will benefit from hospice care? Contact Pam Janowicz Gray at 704.335.4324 to learn more about planned giving.

Making sense of the heartbreak

September 1, 2011

Peggy Deese has included HPCCR in her will

It’s not life’s natural order for a parent to lose a child.  And it’s especially not natural to lose both of your children and your husband, all within eight years.  All to cancer.

But that is Peggy Deese’s story.  And while she has had more than her fair share of heartbreak in the past ten years, she is remarkably resilient and optimistic.  What’s more, she wants to help others by educating them about hospice.  So she’s sharing her story and her resources with the organization that has made such a deep impact in her life – Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.

Peggy’s husband had already been diagnosed with prostate cancer when her son, Joseph, noticed a lump on the back of his neck.  A 46-year old avid runner with no previous health problems, he didn’t visit a doctor until it was too late.  And when he finally did, he found out he had melanoma.  After two surgeries and various treatments, the doctors told Joseph that they had run out of options.

Fortunately, Peggy had read a magazine article about hospice care and persuaded her son to call HPCCR.  It was, by far, the best decision the family made. Joseph was under care for about six months.  “I can’t tell you how good they were to us,” Peggy remembers.  “Whenever we called them, they were always right there.”

Seventeen months later, Peggy’s husband, Joe, was losing his battle with a rare form of prostate cancer.  Once again, HPCCR was there to support Joe and his family.  “It’s the greatest thing I know in a time of need,” Peggy shares.  “They’re not strangers – they’re friends who know what to do in every situation.  They are so gentle and so kind.  And it’s a comfort to know that someone cares.”

Peggy used to volunteer with her church, visiting parishioners who were housebound by illness.  She says that she always tell if the person was under hospice care.  “When they had hospice, everything was completely organized – neat and clean.  When they didn’t have hospice, it was obvious.  The house was in disarray and the family just didn’t know what to do.”  Peggy feels remarkably blessed that she had the support of hospice for two of the most difficult times in her life.

 A little over three years ago, Peggy suffered a third devastating blow.  Another rare form of cancer (this time lung cancer) took the life of her daughter, Jan.  Jan did not have hospice care, but Peggy felt more prepared before and after her daughter’s death because of her past experiences with HPCCR.

So now Peggy wants to help others be prepared when a loved one nears their end of life.  She wants to do her part to ensure that no one feels alone when facing death.  Including HPCCR as a beneficiary of her estate is Peggy’s way of helping future parents and spouses who find themselves travelling the roads she knows all too well by now.  Quite simply, it’s her way of making sense of the heartbreak.

To learn more about planned giving options, such as bequests, gifts of stock or securities, and life insurance policies, please call Penelope Wilson, Development Officer, at 704.335.4325.

Someone to talk to

April 5, 2011

Mary Lou, hospice volunteer and Hospice Legacy Society member

Mary Lou Johanek did not come into contact with Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region in the traditional way.  She did not have a loved one under our care or know someone who had a meaningful experience with us.  In fact, it was the missed opportunity of hospice care that ultimately caused her to pick up the phone and call HPCCR over twenty years ago. 

Mary Lou is from Luxembourg.  She came to the United States in 1957, leaving the familiarity of a small European town for a new start in Chicago.  Years later, however, she returned home after learning that her father was quickly succumbing to lung cancer.  She saw the burden that her mother faced, caring full time for a dying husband while at the same running the family farm.  Mary Lou was exhausted after only one week of looking after her father; a man whose body and personality had completely deteriorated from the disease.

What she realized after this experience is that no one should have to take on the role of caregiver alone.  To this day, she has no idea how her mother managed it all—the physical and emotional strain was all-consuming.  That’s why she called HPCCR.  And that’s why she began volunteering with our organization and thoughtfully included Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region in her estate plans.

Mary Lou has had her fair share of hardship.  She lost her husband in a car accident; a tragedy that also put her into a rehabilitation facility for several months.  Nevertheless, Mary Lou’s passion remains helping others.  She first began visiting hospice patients in their homes and has now moved to offering companionship to patients in assisted living facilities.  “No one should have to be alone.  I’m at least someone to talk to.  That’s what saved me when I needed it … someone to talk to.”

Realizing the value that hospice brings at the end of life, Mary Lou has included HPCCR in her estate plans.  For more information about planned giving, contact Penelope Wilson at 704.335.4325.

The legacy connection

November 17, 2010

We held a little reception last night at The Fig Tree Restaurant for some very important people.  The folks that joined us there all have a connection to HPCCR; a connection that holds fast and runs deep. 

The reception honored our Legacy Society, a group of individuals who have chosen to include Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region and its programs in their estate plans.  But Legacy Society members weren’t the only ones invited.  Also present were donors who have made a contribution to us for ten years in a row.  And staff members who have celebrated ten years or more of service with this organization.

A disparate group of people, perhaps, but one very common thread uniting them all: a dedication to the mission of HPCCR that sprang from a meaningful hospice experience.  

A husband whose wife was under our care; a founding member of the committee that, ten years ago, made dream become reality for a Lake Norman Hospice Regatta; the present chairman of the Regatta who is also a past Regatta champion; a couple who can be counted on, without fail, to sponsor our events year after year.  They were all there.  And we hosted staff members; loyal individuals who have spent most, if not all, of their entire careers with HPCCR.

If there is one thing we learned last night after spending time with this gracious and giving group, it’s that hospice experiences create life-long supporters.  Once you’ve been on the receiving end of the protective love and compassion that hospice teams wrap around fragile families, it inspires an awesome loyalty.  And a lasting committment.  It’s a connection that, once established, creates a legacy of its very own.

If your experience with HPCCR has inspired you to include us in your estate plans, or if you would like more information about our Hospice Legacy Society, please contact Penelope Wilson at 704.335.4325.