- May 10, 2022
- Posted by: ckha
- Category: Donor Stories
Pictured above: Denise Tew, with her husband Mike, enjoying a sunny afternoon in the garden.
May is Leave a Legacy Month, during which we highlight the impact that planned giving has on the CKHA Foundation, and on local healthcare in Chatham-Kent. We are truly grateful for all of our donors who have made or designated planned gifts for the CKHA Foundation in their estates.
Denise Tew is an advocate for local health care with plans to leave a legacy that will affect generations. An avid gardener and bird-lover, Denise has a smile that lights up the room, and an undeniably positive outlook on life.
As a health and nutrition specialist and teacher in her working days, Denise lived in cities across Southwestern Ontario, including Sarnia, London, and Chatham. For this reason, her decision to leave a substantial gift in her estate for the CKHA Foundation speaks to years of positive experiences at the hospital here in Chatham-Kent.
“I’ve been treated well every time I’ve been in the hospital,” she says. “I’ve lived a good life, and I have the money available to give, so the decision was an easy one. I know that hospitals are always in need of new facilities and equipment, so I’m positive that my money will be well-spent on the future of healthcare in Chatham-Kent.”
Denise recalls one particular instance, years ago, when a trip to the Chatham hospital left her feeling understood, reassured, and truly cared for.
“I visited the Emergency Department, afraid that there was a problem with my heart,” she recalls. “I arrived at the hospital in a panic. The doctor who saw me kept me there for hours, running a number of tests, and I was so relieved when she told me that there was nothing wrong. Because she was so thorough, I knew that I didn’t have to worry.”
The wonderful staff at CKHA have been producing positive patient stories like this for decades. Sometimes, these experiences leave lasting impressions that lead to legacy-defining donations. Thanks to Denise’s generosity and foresight, this significant estate gift will ensure that generations of Chatham-Kent residents have access to high-quality healthcare in their local hospital sites.
How will you leave your legacy?