When Sandy Sanderbrink agreed to house sit for some friends in the late 1990s, he didn’t know he would meet someone who would change his life. While his friends were showing him the backyard and which plants to water, they also introduced him to their neighbor, Carmella Campbell — who was a Virginia Mason nurse for over 30 years and spent much of her career overseeing nursing in our Surgical Center.
Sandy and Carmella got to know each other over the fence — and became life partners for the next two decades.
“Those were the best 20 years of my life,” Sandy says.
When Carmella passed away in 2019, Sandy knew exactly how to honor her: He has since given multiple generous donations to our nursing program.
“She loved her job and she loved the organization — as soon as I met her I became a Virginia Mason patient,” Sandy says.
Sandy has now been a Virginia Mason patient for 22 years and plans to include our organization in his estate plans. He hopes these gifts honor Carmella’s legacy, support the nursing staff and help keep Virginia Mason’s Surgical Center a place of excellence.
“I do it for her, it’s what she would have wanted,” Sandy says. “Carm was true blue to Virginia Mason, so supporting them just makes sense.”