A Children’s Hospital program
Treating the saves lives and prevents injuries
Regional Cancer Center
includes spiritual support
along with topnotch
Force for Good
How Joe Zivic has inspired
and helped numerous
Contents LMHS FOUNDATION OFFICERS
Amanda Cross, Chairperson
Brent Crawford, Vice Chairperson
Features Jeffrey L. Green, Treasurer
David M. Platt, Secretary
4 LessonsHospital of Southwest Florida’s Children’s
Richard E. Beightol
Health Advocacy and Prevention Program (CHAP) John Blais
helps Collier County children. Linda Brown, ARNP
W. David Bunce
4 7 Regional Cancer Center’s all-inclusive treatment
Your Emotional Needs Count, Too Joseph R. Catti
provides spiritual and emotional support. John Gleeson
10 Impact Giving: A Force fortoGood
Health crises have inspired Joe Zivic help untold
numbers of cancer patients. Jack Hess
William N. Horowitz
John J. Iacuone, MD, FAAP
Charles K. Idelson
Every Issue Gary L. Israel
3 Advanced Care:
Big-City Treatment—Right Here James W. Orr, Jr., MD
Michael B. Peceri
The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s
Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Program provides
world-class care. Guy F. Rhoades
12 Faces &atPlaces fundraisers and functions.
Sightings Lee Memorial
Anna Lou Sonderman
Julie K. Smith
14 Giving Matters
Joseph D. Zaks
Giving Through a Will
15 Mark Your Calendar you won’t want
Dinners, parties and more: Events
LMHS FOUNDATION PRODUCTION STAFF
16 Cuddler volunteers help babies at The Children’s
Last Word: Meet the Cuddlers Sharon MacDonald, Chief Foundation Ofﬁcer
Ken Shoriak, Foundation Director of Operations
Jeannie Cummings, Foundation Director of Marketing
Hospital of Southwest Florida.
9800 S. HealthPark Drive, Suite 210, Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 985-3550 www.LeeMemorial.org/Foundation
The Gift is a quarterly publication of the Lee Memorial Health
System Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
For more information or to make a donation,
On the cover: Debbie Popick of Collier County with her daughter, Alexis. please call the Foundation ofﬁce at (239) 985-3550.
Photograph by Nancy DeNike.
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A DVA N C E D
By Ken Shoriak, CFRE
The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s Pediatric
Oncology/Hematology Program provides world-class care.
You don’t have to travel to a major metropolitan hospital to receive top-
notch, state-of-the-art care in the ﬁnest facilities. The Children’s Hospital of
Southwest Florida’s Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Program is one of just
11 state-designated centers of its type.
The program, established in 1997, offers world-class care just a stone’s throw from
most residents of Southwest Florida. The center is certiﬁed nationally by the Chil-
dren’s Oncology Group (COG) through the National Cancer Institute, joining
other such designated institutions as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in
New York City and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
COG designation means patients can receive the services and access to clinical
trials that one would only expect to ﬁnd in larger institutions located in major
cities. This includes access to advanced therapies and the collective expertise
of world-renowned specialists.
As the only facility in our area bearing this designation, the center serves as a
beacon of hope for the 40 to 50 young patients typically diagnosed each year.
Both inpatient and outpatient treatment is provided regardless of ability to
pay, thanks in large part to philanthropy, local community support and fund-
raisers sponsored throughout the community.
One such fundraiser is the “Helping Kids with Cancer” Radiothon each
October. Sponsored through the generosity of Clear Channel Radio, the
daylong remote broadcast on Cat Country 107.1 beams stories of hope and
caring to sympathetic listeners who call in pledges that literally help save lives.
Miromar Outlets in Estero annually joins forces with Clear Channel by serving
as a most gracious host for the Radiothon. Miromar management provides use
of their beautiful facility free of charge, takes a lead role in logistical tasks that
make the event go off without a hitch and even takes time to canvass stores to
Oncology patient Ethan Hoover receives treatment secure donations for the event, including food and drink for event volunteers.
at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
Providing world-class pediatric oncology and hematology treatment to those
in need is no easy task considering that The Children’s Hospital of Southwest
Florida receives no direct taxpayer support to fulﬁll its lifesaving mission.
Thankfully, the generosity of community partners such as Clear Channel
Radio and Miromar Outlets helps The Children’s Hospital provide lifesaving
care to those who desperately need—and deserve—such care.
To learn how you can join Clear Channel Radio, Miromar Outlets and other
community partners dedicated to helping local children who need hospital
care, call the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation at (239) 985-3550. G
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Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s Children’s
Health Advocacy and Prevention Program (CHAP)
helps Collier County children. By Betty Parker
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After the birth of her ﬁrst child, Court-ordered classes have been munity partners. Key among them
Debbie Popick of Collier County available for years, but offering the is the Children’s Advocacy Center
found herself in a situation that’s not classes on a voluntary basis broke of Collier County, which in addition
unusual in Southwest Florida. Far new ground, she says. “People are to facilitating classes, also provides
from family who could offer advice busy, and so many people think they ofﬁce space and a “home base” for
for raising her new daughter, Popick just instinctively know how to be a staffers. “We wanted to provide the
struggled for insight and guidance on parent,” King says. “But the response best use of all available resources to
how to be the best parent possible. has shown there’s a real hunger out help the greatest number of Collier
there for help. Not only do they sign County families,” King says.
“When you’re pregnant, there are up to attend, many parents have a
so many resources and classes about perfect attendance record” for the Health education classes are pro-
being pregnant and about child- course that meets for about 2 1/2 vided free of charge to elementary
birth,” says the 41-year-old mom. hours, one day a week for eight weeks. schools and include a program called
“But after the baby arrives and you “Germaine the Germ Thing,” which
go home, you’re on your own. They hose classes are just one teaches kids about germs and the im-
don’t have that same kind of support
for new parents.”
So when she saw an ad for free
parenting classes offered through a
trusted source, she signed up im-
mediately for the weekly classes at
The Children’s Hospital of South-
west Florida’s Children’s Health
Advocacy and Prevention Program
T of three major compo-
nents of CHAP, which
is committed to improv-
ing children’s health
and safety in Collier
County. CHAP would
not be possible without the generous
support of the Naples Winter Wine
Festival, which has raised $74 million
in nine years and is the most success-
portance of cleanliness and thorough
hand washing—with interactive,
“practice” sessions so they get a feel
for how long an effective washing
takes (about as long as it takes to sing
Row, Row, Row Your Boat).
“Mission Nutrition,” another class,
discusses ﬁtness, healthy foods
and proper serving sizes. All the
(CHAP). Classes are facilitated by the ful wine charity event in the world. programs meet Sunshine State
experienced staff of The Children’s The Naples Children and Education standards set by the Florida Depart-
Advocacy Center of Collier County. Foundation, founder of the festival, ment of Education, and coopera-
supports charitable programs that tion with Collier County’s school
“You tell people you’re taking a improve the lives of underprivileged system means teachers can invite the
parenting class and they look at or at-risk children in Collier County. instructors into their classes and be
you funny, like why would you do They are committed to making a assured of a quality experience and
that?” Popick relates. “But my feel- profound and sustaining difference maximum beneﬁts.
ing is, why wouldn’t you? If there’s in the quality of life of children.
anything I can learn to better my
parenting skills, I’ll do it. And I take CHAP’s other two components are
something away from every class, not health education classes for elemen-
just a new technique or how to do tary school children, and a child pas-
something better, which I do learn, senger safety program that teaches
but I also leave feeling rejuvenated parents how to effectively install and
and motivated, wanting to do use child car seats. The techniques
even better.” and methods are different in each
program, but the goal is prevention
That response is typical from the of illness and injury—so much better,
more than 400 parents who’ve and more cost-effective, than treat-
taken the classes since they started in ment after a crisis occurs.
September 2008, says Michele King,
director of child advocacy programs CHAP activities are modeled after
at LMHS. “The response to this pro- similar, ongoing classes in Lee County,
gram has been fantastic,” King says, funded through the Prendergast
adding that she initially wondered Family Endowment Fund. Although
how many would show up for the hospital ofﬁcials knew there was
classes, even though they’re free. a need in Collier, funding was a
Opposite page: Parenting class participants roadblock—until the grants came
Debbie Popick, with daughter Alexis (top left), through from the Naples Children Above: Jessica Jeffries of Naples picks up tips at a
and Loriann Beall, with daughter Haiele (top right). and Education Foundation. The recent parenting class.
Instructor Terry Delgado offers tips on dealing program brings together many com-
with childhood behaviors.
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More than 6,200 students have par-
Buckle ticipated in the classes, and teachers’
are enthusiastic about how well the
special programs resonate with the
children. The parenting classes also
Up Your produce measurable results, King
says. Each parent completes pre-
and post-tests to measure parenting
and child-rearing attitudes and to
Baby gauge improvement.
eing able to make such
clear-cut, visible improve-
Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida certiﬁed ments—things that can
truly mean lives saved
child passenger safety technicians teach parents to and injuries and illnesses
keep their children safe on the road. By Betty Parker prevented—makes a big
different to those involved
The value and safeguards of a car seat for the littlest passengers is widely with the program. “It’s difﬁcult to
accepted. But for the car seats to save lives and prevent injury as intended, they measure prevention, or to know
must be properly installed. how many bad things don’t happen
because of what the parents learn,”
That’s where so many parents, well-meaning but unskilled, fall short. “About 98 she says. “But you can see very clearly
percent of the car seats we inspect are wrong for the car, wrong for the child or from their responses on their ﬁnal
improperly installed,” says Brenda Hernandez, certiﬁed child passenger safety class evaluations that they’ve learned
technician. She offers free instruction and installation help in Collier County as part a lot about different, better ways to
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Prevention Program (CHAP) activities.
Funded through a grant from the Naples Children and Education Foundation,
Hernandez has a full-time job dealing with correct car seat use. Since she started in
September 2008, she has helped more than 300 families ensure their children’s car
seats work as intended. Kohl’s Department Store also provides ﬁnancial support to
make program services possible. The Bottom Line
Her services are free for parents who make an appointment at one of the several To help support services at The Children’s
locations she visits each week, such as churches and pre-schools in Immokalee
and her home base at the Children’s Advocacy Center, 1036 Sixth Ave. N., Naples.
Hospital’s Children’s Health Advocacy
“It usually takes about 45 to 60 minutes,” Hernandez says, explaining that she
and Prevention Program, simply return
requires the parents to do much of the actual work—not just watch—while she su- the envelope included with this issue of
pervises. “We want the parents to be able to do it themselves, because they often
will use the seat in different cars,” she says. “If they can do it themselves, at ﬁrst with The Gift along with your donation,
my help, that’s better than just having them watch me install it.”
or call the Lee Memorial Health System
In addition to seeing improperly installed seats, she often sees seats being used after
they’ve been outgrown, or a tiny baby strapped into a seat that’s too big. “A bad ﬁt Foundation office at (239) 985-3550
can be just as dangerous as no car seat,” Hernandez explains. She also explains the
need for booster seats, used by children usually between the ages of four and eight, to explore other ways to support this
and can help parents ﬁnd the appropriate seat for their child. When ﬁnances are a
problem, the program may be able to supply seats at reduced prices. unique program.
Hernandez, an Immokalee native who graduated from Florida State University with
a degree in social work, says her current job was not one of her early career goals.
“I’d never thought about it until I learned about this job,” she says with a laugh. “But
my goal always was to work with children and families, to help improve their lives
any way I could, and give back to the community. In this job, I know I’m helping
make these children safer, and helping prevent some terrible tragedies for the
families. I think it’s a wonderful service.” G
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Needs Count, Too
Regional Cancer Center’s all-inclusive treatment
provides spiritual and emotional support. By Betty Parker
When Mary Ann Elder received her diagnosis of endometrial cancer, the clinical social worker
knew she was facing the battle of, and for, her life. But in addition to the intense medical treatment
targeting the disease, Elder believed in a mind-body connection; the importance of emotional and
spiritual work alongside the physical.
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he found all that, and After her doctor advised massage promote that goal is the lush plant life
S more, in one place: Lee therapy, Rodriguez started regular inside—no artiﬁcial plants allowed—
Memorial Health Sys- visits to Tess Oakes, who’s specially the beautiful artwork on the walls, and
tem’s Regional Cancer trained in oncology massage and has the colors and lighting that all work to
Center, a place designed a space at the center. “That’s my little create a restful environment.
not only for healing, but piece of heaven,” Rodriguez says with
for hope. “It’s so won- a laugh. “Being able to have so many It could not have happened, though,
derful having everything right there needs met in one place is almost un- without the cooperation of the doc-
in one building,” says Elder, a Cape believable, especially when the whole tors who are partners in the project,
Coral resident who can go from place is such a pleasure to visit.” MacDonald says: 21st Century On-
doctor visits to massage therapy to cology, Florida Gynecologic Oncol-
yoga to journaling classes and more That was the whole idea, says Sharon ogy and Florida Cancer Specialists.
in the 63,000-square-foot build- MacDonald, vice president of oncol- All have ofﬁces on site, making it a
ing that opened in October 2008 in ogy services for LMHS, and the force place where people who have cancer
Fort Myers. “It feels good just to be behind the 10-year project that but don’t have to be hospitalized can
there. There are so many thoughtful brought the center from concept to ﬁnd services they may not have ever
touches, it makes it a real sanctuary.” reality. “We wanted the whole package dreamed of needing.
to support the patient,” MacDonald
Peggy Rodriguez, a breast cancer says. “The concept was to get as Along with the medical treatment
patient from Lehigh Acres, brings many services for cancer patients in and ofﬁces, Lindy French runs a shop
her family along to the center, near one building as possible, so the pa- that provides many special items for
the intersection of Colonial Boulevard tient’s energy can go toward healing cancer patients, such as wigs and
and Interstate 75. “My family loves and not be spent running from ofﬁce clothing, along with a library of re-
to see the healing garden. They’ll to ofﬁce.” lated books for purchase, lending or
walk through there and the labyrinth even just ﬂipping through in one of
while I’m seeing the doctors. The kids Along with that was the plan to make the comfortable chairs provided.
love the fountains, and we can all get the center a peaceful, relaxing place
something to eat at the snack bar. If to be. “We wanted a place that could “I love working with the women,”
you have to go through something serve as an escape, a place people French says. “No one wants to give
like this, it’s so nice to go somewhere could come and really feel better be- up her hair, but if that’s what has to
where you’re not a number.” ing here,” MacDonald says. Helping happen, then a wig can be the next
best thing. I want them to walk out
of here conﬁdent they look good.”
That kind of conﬁdence is important
to cancer patients, says MacDonald.
“So many patients feel like their
lives are redeﬁned by this disease.
We want to give them some control,
some ways to think beyond the next
doctor’s appointment, whether it’s by
writing in a journal, watching birds
in the sanctuary next door, or yoga
classes.” There are also counselors
to help patients navigate the health
care system, and to work with family
members who are also involved with
the disease, though in different ways
than the patient.
“ Being able to have so many needs met in one
place is almost unbelievable, especially when
the whole place is such a pleasure to visit.”
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Grants provide Regional Cancer Center
patients with expert “navigators” to guide
There’s little doubt of the need:
Between 200 and 250 patients visit them through treatment. By Betty Parker
the center each day; about 8,000
patients took advantage of its services Many of the special services offered to patients at Lee Memorial Health
in the ﬁrst year. And cancer rates are System’s Regional Cancer Center would not be possible without the generosity
expected to double by 2050, Mac- and involvement of community donors and local organizations. Such gifts come
Donald says, partly because people in all sizes and in a variety that many people would never dream of—but their help
are living longer and the probability makes a tremendous difference in the lives of people battling illness.
goes up with age. “Unfortunately
there will always be a need, and that Two key grant sources—From Our Hearts and Susan G. Komen For The Cure
need is growing,” she says. Southwest Florida—help show the range of assistance provided. From Our Hearts
is a Pine Island-based group that raises money to help women from speciﬁc ZIP
But when MacDonald hears patients codes, including Pine Island, Matlacha and parts of north Cape Coral, says Dara
like Elder and Rodriguez talk about Leichter, a registered nurse at the Regional Cancer Center specially trained in
how valuable the center’s services are, breast cancer care.
and how it provides such an escape Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida—part of the national organization that spotlights
from the demands of the disease, fundraising for breast cancer research and other help—targets the ﬁve-county
she says, “That means we’ve accom- Southwest Florida region, providing money for breast cancer screening, diagnostic
plished what we set out to do.” G procedures, treatment and other needs, such as doctor visits or wigs, Leichter says.
Similar support from the Belk Foundation can also be called upon as needed.
Key to the programs is Leichter’s work as a “breast cancer navigator”—someone
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for the doctor; helps ﬁnd special services or items such as clothing; helps deal with
For information on how your business family members who are also suffering and a myriad of other issues that can arise
when treatment is foremost in the patient’s mind.
or organization can join in to support
“Basically, we help people get through the maze of health care and help provide
Lee Memorial Health System’s educational material for patients,” says Leichter. “One minute I may be working
with a snowbird who was diagnosed up North and wants to know about care
Regional Cancer Center and its here during the winter, and the next I may be helping a woman ﬁnd the best
lifesaving mission, call the LMHS
While she specializes in breast cancer, another navigator works with patients who
Foundation at (239) 985-3550. have lung or brain cancer, all at no charge. “The navigators are experts in their
A variety of partnership opportunities ﬁeld and at knowing what resources are available to help people,” says Sharon
MacDonald, vice president of oncology services for Lee Memorial Health System.
are available and can be custom-tailored “They’re an important part of the whole package we have here to support the
patient, and we’re able to do this because of the generosity and understanding
to meet your needs. of our grant partners in the community.” G
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I M PA C T
A Force for Good Health crises have inspired Joe Zivic to
help untold numbers of cancer patients.
By Betty Parker
Predicting what lay ahead in the life of Joe Zivic, not just in childhood,
but even in midlife and retirement, would have challenged even the most
skilled prognosticator. Twists and turns, love and loss, were constant factors;
hurdles followed by accomplishments followed by tragedy and recovery.
Now, however, one thing is certain: Zivic, through his generosity to Lee
Above right: Joe Zivic. Above: The Regional Cancer
Center meditation room named in honor of Joe
Memorial Health System’s Regional Cancer Center, is helping an untold
Zivic’s late wife. number of patients and families going through the same crises he and his
family faced—and doing it with the same down-to-earth attitude that’s
carried him through the years.
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“My business did well, and my family and I insisted that they operate,” Zivic bought after spirited bidding at a
is taken care of,” says Zivic, a south says. “They got it early. I never had fund-raising auction—even though
Lee County resident. “It was time chemo.” The couple, married for 45 he’s a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. “You
for me to do something for the com- years, were in the same hospital at the do whatever you can,” he says with a
munity, to help others and honor my same time. Joe had a full recovery; laugh, pointing to the trophy.
wife,” Marcia, who died of a brain Marcia succumbed ﬁve months after
tumor in 1996. her diagnosis. Zivic still travels extensively, taking
trips all over the world. He cites ﬁsh-
But to better understand what drives ivic moved to Lee ing in the Outer Banks, Alaska and
Zivic, look back to his childhood in
Pittsburgh. At ﬁve, he lost his father
to cancer. At 11, he lost his mother,
who perished while trying to save
others from a burning building.
Zivic was raised by family, especially
his older sister.
“I never made it to college,” he says.
“I never even graduated from high
Z County full-time soon
afterward. He was
already familiar with
the area, having bought
a sheet metal plant in
Fort Myers almost 10
years earlier. The couple had visited
in winters, “but being an absentee
owner never really worked,” says
Zivic, who divested himself of the
Costa Rica as favorites, along with
repeated trips to Croatia and a Christ-
mas spent in Germany. “My kids gave
me a hard time about being away for
the holidays, but I enjoyed it,” says
Zivic, who’s often accompanied by
Nancy, his companion of a decade.
He sold his sports ﬁshing boats a few
years ago, but he still swims daily
school. We needed money, so I went plant a few years after buying it. and spends no small amount of time
to work” in the city’s legendary steel tending to his newest, high-energy
industry. At age 21, he was shop fore- He loved ﬁshing and boating, so the housemate, a mini-pin (miniature
man, and by 1960, plant manager. move was a natural. He chose The Doberman pincher) named Tiny.
All that time Marcia was at his side. Landings community partly because “I went to the pet store to get some
“She was 16 and I was 18 when we it was among the few that allowed his ﬁsh for the aquarium and walked out
met,” Zivic says. “Two years later, 80-pound Doberman. It was there with her,” Zivic says fondly.
we were married.” that he met a neighbor, Frank Bireley,
Zivic is helping an untold number of patients and families
going through the same crises he and his family faced.
In 1967, they moved to Fairfax, Va., another major Lee Memorial donor Zivic seems genuinely puzzled at the
where Zivic bought his own small waging his own battle against cancer. idea that people could ﬁnd his story
sheet metal plant. He started with inspirational. “There’s nothing special
one partner and one helper, and it “Frank got me started with Lee about me,” he protests. But the idea of
grew fast. When he bought out the Memorial and the Cancer Center,” being able to help others get through
partner in 1981, they had 120 em- Zivic recalls. “That was when they what he’s already survived—that’s
ployees and an 86,000-square-foot were just starting the cancer program different. “I’ve taken care of my fam-
plant. One of his three children took for kids. I thought, ‘This is so horrible ily. Now it’s time to help take care of
over the business in 1996. for adults to go through, how bad others as best I can.” G
must it be for the kids?’ and I knew I
But that year also brought even more had to do something. It would help
momentous changes for the fam- kids and be a tribute to Marcia.”
ily. Marcia, an avid golfer at age 63,
came home from a game complain-
ing of ﬂu-like symptoms. A doctor’s
His giving, and her tribute, have
only grown. Not only does he write
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visit brought the dreaded diagnosis of checks—including the family tradi- To ﬁnd out how to join Joe Zivic and the
lung cancer. “She fought hard,” Zivic tion of donating instead of exchang-
says. “The chemo was working. But ing Christmas presents—but he’s also many other generous community members
then it got in her brain…” a dependable participant in fundrais-
ing projects. supporting a wide range of Lee Memorial
Unbelievably, Zivic himself was also
Health System initiatives, call the Lee
diagnosed with lung cancer at the One example is the star-studded
same time. His was found during football helmet (graced with auto- Memorial Health System Foundation
checkups following an aneurysm. graphs of some of the biggest stars
“The doctors saw a spot on my lung, in Miami Dolphins history) that he at (239) 985-3550.
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FA C E S &
Rotary Club of Bonita Springs
Noon Provides $30,000 lead gift
to Jenn’s Kids Fund
The Jenn’s Kids Fund was established to refurbish the second
floor of The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
From left: John Iacuone, executive director, The Children’s Hospital of Southwest
Florida; Vince Modarelli of Rotary Club Bonita Springs Noon; Kathy Bridge
Liles, vice president, Women & Children’s Services; Sharon MacDonald,
chief foundation ofﬁcer; Jennifer Likness, originator of Jenn’s Kids Fund;
Heather Knight of Jenn’s Kids Fund.
Robert and Frances Feuchter Endowed
Scholarships in Nursing and Health Care
The Lee Memorial Health System provides ongoing funding
for educational scholarships to help ensure continued medical
excellence in our community.
From left: Jim Nathan, Lee Memorial Health System president; Denice Aponte-Carrasquillo,
scholarship recipient; Thomas Romano, scholarship recipient; William Waldron, donor repre-
sentative for the Robert and Frances Feuchter Endowed Scholarships in Nursing and Health
Care; and Linda Brown, Lee Memorial Health System board member.
Kohl’s Cares for Kids Celebrity Reading Series
ABC-7 anchor Len Jennings stopped by The Children’s Hospital of
Southwest Florida to read stories and deliver books and coordinating plush
characters as part of the “Kohl’s Cares for Kids” Celebrity Reading Series.
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Cooking with Todd
Hematology and oncology patients at The Children’s
Hospital of Southwest Florida were treated to a very special
cooking class with Chef Todd Johnson of Rumrunners in
Cape Harbour. The “Cooking with Todd” class was a fun
lead-in event to the culinary extravaganza “Rumrunners
Celebrity Chef Night.”
From left: Mallory Oliver, Chef Todd Johnson and Sterling Wilkins-Cowart.
Left: Jace and Gena
Rumrunners Celebrity Chef Night 2009 Eddy join their mom,
Michelle, for the festivities.
Left: Ralph Centalonza, Kevin Healey, Ruthie Cohen, Todd Johnson,
Harold Balink and Norman Love.
Above: Lee Memorial Health System President Jim Nathan (on left),
shares a smile with the evening’s presenting sponsor, Barbara Watt-Biggs
of Century 21Sunbelt Realty, and her husband, Bob Biggs.
Left: Beverly and Tom
Fewster came out to
support the cause.
Above: Margie Holland (left) gets
ready for the Diamond Champange
Toast with her daughter, Emily Lyons.
Left: Children’s Hospital patient Ethan Hoover (bottom left) enjoys the
evening with his sister, Sydney, and his parents, Sean and Jennifer.
Select photos courtesy of Carol Orr Hartman.
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Giving Through a Will By Ken Shoriak, CFRE
It happens to many people. They receive excellent care or service from
a not-for-proﬁt organization such as Lee Memorial Health System, and want
The Bottom Line to show their appreciation by making a large donation. However, current
You may want to consider using your ﬁnancial circumstances won’t permit them to do so. This is particularly true
will to make a major gift for the future in today’s unpredictable economic climate.
without drawing upon assets you need
For many people in this situation, using their will to make a bequest to the
during your lifetime. For more informa-
organization may be the answer. This allows an individual to make a substantial
tion about the beneﬁts of making a donation once assets are no longer needed.
donation through your will, please
There are many ways to make sure your charitable bequest to Lee Memorial
call Birgit Vertesch of the LMHS
Health System Foundation fulﬁlls your intentions and meets your needs. Be
Foundation at (239) 985-3557. sure to contact a qualiﬁed estate planning professional to review your many
options before making a gift.
How to Help... Among the options available, you can:
Each year, generous donors name Lee
◆ Will Lee Memorial outright a sum of money, speciﬁed personal or real
Memorial Health System Foundation in
their wills. The ofﬁcial bequest language property, or a share of your estate’s residue.
for The Lee Memorial Health System ◆ Make your gift contingent by designating that the money, property or share
Foundation is: is to go to some individual if that person survives you; otherwise, it is to be
“I [name], of [city, state, ZIP] give, distributed to Lee Memorial.
devise and bequeath to The Lee ◆ Establish a charitable remainder trust, for greater tax savings, that could pay
Memorial Health System Foun- a life income to the individual of your choice and the remaining principal to
dation, Inc., a Florida non-proﬁt
◆ Make gifts without limits in regard to use to allow Lee Memorial to apply
corporation, located in Lee County
Florida, [written amount or per- your donation to meet its most urgent needs. If you wish to designate your
gift for a speciﬁc purpose, please consult with Lee Memorial to be sure they
centage of the estate or description will be able to carry out your wishes.
of property] for its unrestricted use
◆ Establish a permanent endowment fund that will ensure your donation will
help others in perpetuity. A minimum gift of $10,000 is required.
To let Lee Memorial know you’ve named ◆ Make your bequest in honor or memory of a loved one. Lee Memorial will
it in your plans or to request information be pleased to honor your intent and ensure appropriate recognition
about its recognition society, Heritage is provided.
Circle of Friends, please call Birgit
The provision for making a gift to Lee Memorial Health System Foundation will depend upon the type of gift
Vertesch of the LMHS Foundation and your own circumstances. You should consult your attorney, accountant, banker, ﬁnancial planner or other
Ofﬁce at (239) 985-3557. trusted advisor when considering a major charitable donation. G
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M A R K YO U R
Holly Ball CALENDAR
November Dec. 9, 2009
An Evening with NFL Legend Don Shula Join us at The Landings Helm Club for the Inaugural
Nov. 12, 2009 Holly Ball. There will be food, music and wine courtesy of
Famed Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula will appear Barefoot Wine, and live and silent auctions with wonderful
at Shula’s in Naples to support local women’s cancer pro- items. Event proceeds will beneﬁt the Regional Cancer Cen-
grams. Hosted by Naples Mayor Bill Barnett, the evening ter. Tickets are $125. For more information or to reserve your
will include Coach Shula speaking about how his successes seats, call the Foundation ofﬁce at (239) 985-3550.
can be applied to today’s corporate world and an “Ask the
Coach” Q&A on the state of the NFL. Tickets are $500
per person and include cocktails, ﬁne wines, a gourmet
dinner and the opportunity to bid on luxury items, travel
packages and memorabilia from athletes and entertain- Financial Planning Seminar
ers. Net proceeds will beneﬁt programs and treatments for Jan. 19, 2010
local, low-income and indigent women battling cancer. Attend Lee Memorial Health System Foundation’s free
Corporate tables and individual seats are available. Call seminar from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at HealthPark Medical Cen-
the Foundation ofﬁce at (239) 985-3550. ter, Suite 1B, Fort Myers, to hear Wills, Trusts and Estates
Attorney Lowell Schoenfeld; Certiﬁed Public Accountant
Financial Planning Seminar Craig Folk; and Certiﬁed Financial Planner Scott White
discuss changes in federal tax law, trust and estate plan-
Nov. 17-18, 2009 ning, and documents and tax saving strategies. Reserva-
Attend Lee Memorial Health System Foundation’s free tions are required. Call (239) 985-3550.
seminars to learn about changes in federal tax law, trust and
estate planning, and documents and tax saving strategies.
On Nov. 17, hear Wills, Trusts and Estate Attorney David Northern Trust Southwest Florida
Platt; Certiﬁed Public Accountant Mike Miller; and Invest- Wine & Food Fest
ment and Trust Advisor Terry Igo speak at the Sanibel Feb. 26-27, 2010
Community Association from 9:30-11:30 a.m. On Nov. A spectacular two-day event for wine enthusiasts who
18, hear Wills, Trusts and Estates Attorney Lowell Schoen- enjoy coming together each year to support The Chil-
feld; Certiﬁed Public Accountant Craig Folk; and Certiﬁed dren’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Exquisite vintner
Financial Planner Scott White speak at HealthPark Medical dinners will take place in private homes from North
Center, Suite 1B, Fort Myers, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Reser- Fort Myers to Naples, Bonita Springs to Captiva Island,
vations are required. Call (239) 985-3550. followed the next day by a Grand Tasting and Auction
beachside at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. For more
Holiday Teddy Tea information and tickets, call (239) 278-3900.
Nov. 27-28, 2009
The Bay House Restaurant in Naples will be hosting a Minnesota Twins Celebrity Golf Tournament
“Teddy Bear Tea” featuring wonderful food, beverages Feb. 2010 – TBD
and silent auction. Net proceeds from this adorable event Join the Minnesota Twins players, coaches and
will beneﬁt Barbara’s Friends—The Children’s Hospital manager for the 12th annual golf tournament to beneﬁt the
Cancer Fund. Start your season in a truly magical way by Regional Cancer Center. Call (239) 985-3550 for advanced
bringing a child to this celebration of holiday giving. To sponsorship and entry information.
reserve a table for $450, or for information on individual
tickets, call the Foundation ofﬁce at (239) 985-3550.
Boston Red Sox Tee Party
Feb. 25, 2010
December Join Boston Red Sox players, major league greats and
other sports celebrities at the Boston Tee Party—the kick-
Evening of Appreciation off to the Boston Red Sox Children’s Hospital Celebrity
Dec. 1, 2009 Classic. This event will beneﬁt the Children’s Hospital of
This special evening celebrates and pays gratitude to Southwest Florida. Call (239) 985-3550 to be a part of this
the many donors who make cumulative gifts of $1,000 or event.
more annually to support Lee Memorial Health System.
Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments, dinner and 17th Annual Boston Red Sox Celebrity Classic
much more at this invitation-only event. Watch for your
invitation! Feb. 26, 2010
Join Boston Red Sox players, major league greats and
other sports celebrities at the 17th annual golf tournament
to beneﬁt the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
Call (239) 985-3550 to join in this annual event.
N ovem b er 2 0 0 9
WO R D
Ev Reynolds of Fort Myers
(pictured right) spends six hours a
week in the Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit at The Children’s Hospital of
Southwest Florida. The babies she
cuddles are those of strangers, but
she nurtures them as if they were her
She and about 75 others in the
Cuddlers Volunteer Program each
spend one day a week holding sick
babies when their parents can’t be
there. They also free up nurses for
other duties. “It’s very beneﬁcial for
the babies to be rocked and held,”
says NICU nurse Colleen Deane.
“It helps their development.”
The volunteers also help feed babies,
change diapers, do laundry, and stock
cribs and formula. “We do a lot of
different things, but surely holding
the babies is the best part,” Reynolds
says. “Handling small, fragile things
is not for everybody. But it’s a won-
derful program. I wouldn’t give it up
for the world.”
Anyone interested in joining
the Cuddlers program should
call 432-3055 for information
about mandatory training and
volunteer duties. G
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