Generosity can pay a ‘miracle’ forward
“It is a miracle. We thank God for these days, the best days of our lives together.... I wanted to make this gift directly while I still can. I want to be sure that I can pass along the miracle of hospice care. I want to know I have made a difference.”
By giving back, we can give thanks
The generosity of twin sisters Mary Jo and Marcia extends to others the compassion and comfort they themselves received from Treasure Coast Hospice.
Generosity comes from a place in the heart, often motivated by gratitude, and both the donor and the recipient gain.
Mary Jo and her identical twin sister Marcia were always generous with their time, volunteering at their local hospital for many years. They wanted to give back in another way when Mary Jo’s physician diagnosed her with terminal cancer and referred her to Treasure Coast Hospice.
Mary Jo had long been suffering the pain of cancer, but just a few days of hospice care transformed her life. The hospice team’s expertise in medication and pain management helped Mary Jo feel better than she had in months.
The sisters began to enjoy each new day again. They went out to lunch, spent time with close friends, and even bought a bright red Lexus. They started to live again in a way that just wasn’t possible before Treasure Coast Hospice care.
“It is a miracle,” Marcia and Mary Jo said together, completing each other’s sentences like typical twins. “We thank God for these days, the best days of our lives together.”
Mary Jo kept a tally of the days in which she felt good and counted every day as a new miracle. Treasure Coast Hospice’s expertise in how to best manage pain and extend quality of life gave the 77-year-old twins a new outlook for their time together.
Treasure Coast Hospice’s compassionate care for Mary Jo and support for her sister and caregiver Marcia inspired the pair to share their gratitude in a way that would help others. Mary Jo wanted to make a monetary gift to Treasure Coast Hospice so that others could benefit from the life-changing help she and her sister received.
In their own personal style, one day they got into their bright red Lexus, Mary Jo at the wheel, and drove to Treasure Coast Hospice offices in Stuart. They came into the Mayes Center for Hope unannounced and handed over a very generous check.
“I wanted to make this gift directly while I still can,” Mary Jo explained. “I want to be sure that I can pass along the miracle of hospice care. I want to know I have made a difference.”
A generous heart is what causes people to reach out to others with little expectation of anything in return. In their time together, Mary Jo and Marcia felt the joy of being helped and helping others in return.
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