Giving Back in Gratitude

Susan Brown finds great satisfaction in giving back to Virginia Mason by volunteering her time and donating to important causes. She’s contributed for over 20 years and has been a patient at Virginia Mason since she was 21 years old.

“It gives me satisfaction to give something back because Virginia Mason gave me four more years with my husband Farrell,” says Susan. “I am grateful for every minute I got. He had pancreatic cancer and Dr. Vincent Picozzi, the nurses and staff took such great care of him.”

Susan volunteers for several Virginia Mason programs including Separation and Loss Services and Patient-Family Partners. She helps at fundraising events such as Grapes on the Green and Dreambuilders. Susan recently provided support to staff at the Emergency Department. “I definitely got my recommended 10,000 walking steps helping stock warm blankets, making up temporary beds and giving people directions,” she notes. These days Susan lends a hand in the claims department, helping them to catch up on paperwork.

Susan also makes donations throughout the year and has made an estate gift to support the advancement of pancreatic cancer treatment, and has supported the homeless program at Bailey-Boushay House. Still, her time spent volunteering at Virginia Mason has meant a great deal to her. “I find a lot of satisfaction in doing something to help people,” says Susan, “besides being able to contribute financially.”  

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