When Sue and Larry Calkins first visited Virginia Mason, they were trying to get pregnant.
“Before one procedure, someone asked how old I was,” Sue recalls. “When I said '42,' the whole room of doctors and nurses started clapping — I was really touched by their support.”
Unfortunately, the fertility treatments weren’t successful. But Virginia Mason’s compassionate care inspired a lasting bond. It led Sue and Larry to join our concierge medicine program, which gives them quick, 24-hour access to the doctors of their choice. And they regularly make gifts that help Virginia Mason buy new equipment and cover the cost of care for patients with financial challenges.
“You’d think there’d be a lingering sadness when we go back to Virginia Mason,” Sue says. “Instead, I remember how caring and wonderful the staff has been, and I want to help others benefit from that.”
Larry and Sue recently expanded their commitment by including us in their will.
“Virginia Mason helped us overcome several serious health challenges — including melanoma and prostate cancer — and including them in our estate seemed like a natural way to show our gratitude,” Larry says. “We hope our gift helps Virginia Mason treat others as well as we have been treated — in every sense of the word.”