Marjorie Schoenhair: Helping Others-And Herself
Marjorie Schoenhair had no idea she would someday need the services of the Methodist Hospital program she chose to support.
Marjorie is a tiny woman with a core of steel and a heart of gold. Her beautiful complexion gives no hint of her age—90 years young! During this time, Marjorie has experienced many blessings, and she enjoys nothing more than sharing some of those blessings with others.
One of the ways Marjorie enjoys helping others is through Methodist Hospital Foundation. She learned about the Foundation from her late husband, Clarence, who was a longtime employee at Methodist Hospital in the Finance Department.
When her beloved Clarence passed, Marjorie continued their philanthropic support of Methodist Hospital's programs through the Foundation. After a visit in 1996 to the Methodist Hospital Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Clinic, Marjorie made a stock gift to help fund startup costs.
She explained her decision in a letter to the Foundation: "There are getting to be so many more elderly every year, and there are so many problems connected with aging. I think there is a great need for this type of a clinic." The GEM Clinic offers assistance to older adults and their families when quality of life has been affected by changing health conditions.
Late last year, Marjorie made another visit to the GEM Clinic—this time, as a patient rather than a donor. A stroke left Marjorie in need of their services so she could continue to make decisions about her health care. As she entered the Clinic, she felt great pride in knowing she helped establish these important services.
For Marjorie, experiencing the benefits of her generosity firsthand brought home the true meaning of "making a difference."
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