A Heartfelt Hospice Inspires Donor
A transformative Livingston Hospice experience turned Fred and Dorothy Penney into advocates and supporters of Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association. Like many donors, the Penneys first became aware of the Visiting Nurse Association when a family member was dying and hospice care was prescribed by a physician.
In 2002, Fred's mother Beverlee was in the final stages of a losing battle with cancer. She had stubbornly fought it for years. However, when the disease metastasized to her brain, the end was not far off. And, "Mom wanted to die at home," said Fred.
Livingston's Visiting Nurses came into his parent's home and "eased the fear of the unknown," said Fred. In addition to the psychic benefits, the nurses helped Fred and his father with the practical aspects of caring for a bed and homebound hospice patient. The care giving and loss of a wife and mother brought father and son closer together.
Fred has become an ardent supporter and donor. His giving includes personal gifts; matched giving from his employer, Nye & Nelson, Inc.; advocacy to the Ventura County Contractors Association for gifts to Livingston; and finally, he and Dorothy have named Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association as a remainder beneficiary in their will.
Fred said, "The Visiting Angels were kind to us and we hope to help others have the same experience."