Donor stories

Jim BartelJim Bartel Seeks to 'light up kids' lives' at Mary Bridge Children's

James "Jim" Bartel learned about Mary Bridge Children's Hospital during his visits to his doctor's appointments at the MultiCare Tacoma campus. "I've seen what they do at Mary Bridge Children's—it's amazing," Jim says.  More

Holding handsCharles and Marie Hoffman Create an Enduring Legacy of Ending Cycles and Stigma Associated With Behavioral Health

The Hoffmans remember being astonished at the way people suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse were treated. Decades later, they have seen this change thanks to places like Navos, part of the MultiCare Behavioral Health Network. Now they are using their estate plan to further the cause. More

Bob and Roz WillisFormer MultiCare Nurse Invests in the Future of Nursing Through Planned Giving

He was a firefighter; she was a nurse. Together, Bob and Roz Willis have been serving their communities for more than 50 years. More

Mark and Wendy HolcombMark and Wendy Holcomb Create A Legacy Inspired By A Family of Caregivers

"Both of us really believe in Tacoma and care about creating a healthy community," Wendy says. "Your health and wellbeing are the foundation for your life. We think that access to health care is a strong piece of equity that all people should have." More

Brigitte WilkinsonPuyallup Business Owner Hopes to Inspire Future Generations Through Legacy Gift

Brigitte Wilkinson was inspired to include Good Samaritan in her future plans after her husband, Dale, was treated there for two brain aneurysms and made a full recovery. More

Joy KooleyA Childhood Hospital Stay Inspires $1 Million in Gifts That Pay Income for Life

One of Joy Kooley's earliest memories is the time she spent in a children's hospital to have her tonsils removed. She doesn't quite remember how old she was or how long she stayed, but what she does remember is the kindness of her caretakers. More

Mary FranksMary Franks Continues Her Mother's Work Through Legacy Giving

Health care has always been a part of Mary Franks' family. Her mother, Edith, was a registered nurse during World War II, and she herself spent her career working in long-term care and assisted living facilities. More

Jon and Nancy EdmondsIgniting a Passion for Community Healthcare

Jon Edmonds grew up knowing the importance of community. Following two family health emergencies, he and Nancy decided to help shape the future of health in their community. More

Alice ForsteinProviding a Future for Quality Care

From bedside to business office, Alice Forstein, RN has been enhancing patient care for more than 40 years. Learn how her impact will last beyond her lifetime. More

Ruth BramhallHonoring the Life of Ruth Bramhall: A Beloved Mary Bridge Legend

Rivaled by none. That's how most would describe Ruth Bramhall. She started working at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital as a nurse 11 months after it opened in 1955. She ran the Operating Room (OR) and took great pride in teaching nurses how to prepare the room and clean the instruments, ensuring that it was always in perfect shape for every child who came through its doors. More

Lynn OstensonPhysician Shows Gratitude by Giving Back

Lynn Ostenson, M.D., was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and always interested in health care. It wasn't until her soon-to-be husband, Richard, convinced her to apply for medical school that she focused on becoming a physician. More

Natalie and Bob FindlayCouple Finds Multiple Benefits to Supporting Children's Health

Within minutes of meeting retired primary schoolteacher Natalie Findlay and "semi"-retired physician Bob Findlay, you'll understand how much they care for their community. Bob and Natalie were married in 1974 and spent many years moving around the country because of Bob's service in the military. They chose to settle down in University Place, WA, in the early 1990s. They've become pillars of this community ever since. More

Don and Barrie MottA Legacy of Giving

Estate Planning — the Don and Barrie Mott Way
For Dr. Donald Mott, this succinct statement from Barrie, his wife of 49 years, established a clear action plan to support their chosen philosophy: "To whom much is given, much is required." It is a philosophy and plan that has guided the couple through decades of generosity, not only of funds, but of time, talent and knowledge. More