Alan Anderson and his father, Wayne, often played golf together. But they weren't playing golf after one of Wayne’s three cancer surgeries at Virginia Mason. They were walking through the hospital and Wayne was hallucinating.
When Alan called a nurse, she played along with Wayne's delusion – he thought she was a caddy. She drew his blood and called a doctor, who gave Wayne an injection that had him back to normal within 45 minutes.
“I was amazed by her compassion,” Alan says. “And it wasn’t just her – my dad fought cancer for nine years, and every Virginia Mason nurse and doctor went out of their way to help.”
Unfortunately, Wayne passed away in 2015. But Alan and his brother, Dean, still come to Virginia Mason for their families’ care, and make financial contributions that help provide world-class treatment. The Andersons’ latest gift supports fellowships that keep our oncologists at the top of the field, enabling them to pursue continuing education at other leading hospitals.
“With our dad, we'll always be grateful for how Virginia Mason made a tough situation easier,” Alan says. “Hopefully, our support will make care even better for other families.”