Sharing Stories of Gratitude

Grateful patients, families and community members at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center share their reasons for giving back. Our donor’s stories will bring warmth to your hearts-knowing that because of the care they received, their generosity went on to support others.

Dehiana Eubank: Making a Difference to Others

Dehianna Eubank

“You never know when it will affect you or your family—any donation makes a difference.” Dehiana Eubank, pictured left, supports the Capital Campaign for Oncology with hope of helping others. “In 2010, my father passed away of pancreatic cancer just three weeks after being diagnosed. Technology within oncology has come a long way since then and [offering innovative] cancer treatment at MedStar Montgomery [is] great.” A medical assistant in oncology, Dehiana sees firsthand what a cancer patient experiences. “Anything that makes a cancer patient and their family more comfortable is worth being a part of.” Make a difference with a gift to our cancer patients and families.

Harry and Kathy Geehreng: Volunteering Time and Supporting Cancer Innovation

The Geehreng's

Kathy and Harry Geehreng (pictured left) have been residents of Damascus for 40 years and always thought of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center as their hospital. Volunteers at our hospital, Kathy since 1998 and Harry since 2013, they see firsthand the impact of giving back. Kathy started volunteering in the The Howard R. Gudelsky Emergency Department and moved to the Shirley A. Smith Infusion Center, where she got to know the nurses and patients. Then, in September of 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went through chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, the latter using the Elekta Infinity linear accelerator, purchased through the Capital Campaign for Oncology.

“Having supported the Capital Campaign for Oncology, I consider myself part owner of that equipment,” Kathy says. Though her cancer journey has not been easy, Kathy looks on the bright side, “I am a much better volunteer now because of my experience. I know what it’s like to be a cancer patient and I understand what [they] are going through.” Support cancer innovation at our hospital.

Graeves Auto & Appliance: A Community Tradition

Graeves Auto staff

A tradition to our community since 1952, Graeves Auto & Appliance (pictured is staff: Rick Lamper, Aprille Doherty and Scott Graeves) generously donated to the Capital Campaign for Oncology to ensure the people they serve are well cared for by the people we serve. “We have been fortunate enough to have a healthcare facility nearby,” Scott continues, “and to expand the oncology program at MedStar Montgomery continues to give our neighbors convenient cancer treatment and greatly benefit our community.”

Make a tax-deductible donation to the Helen P. Denit Center for Radiation Therapy.

 

Laurieann Greeves: One Life touched so Many Hearts

Laurieann Greeves Bench Front Entrance

 

Laurieann Greeves Bench

A life that lit up the soul of each person she met, Laurieann Greeves was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) as a young adult. She graduated college with honors, married her high school sweetheart and enjoyed ten years with her loving daughter. Her mother, Ann Rivkin explains the impression her daughter made on everyone, "there was no one she met that didn't love her and no one she met that she didn't love; it was who she was."  

When she was admitted to our Intensive Care Unit in 1999, her condition continued to worsen and she sadly passed away on June 18 at age 35 due to complications with her MS. In her memory, there is a memorial bench in the front of the hospital and brick in the Legacy Grove. Ann comments, "when people ask where to send the donations, I tell them [MedStar Montgomery], for everything they did for Laurieann. I wouldn't give to any other hospital because there is no other hospital as dear to my heart." Give a Gift of Tribute to your loved one.

 

A Patient’s Gift: Thanks to a Caregiver

Dr. Luther Ampey

“I am pleased to have this opportunity to command Dr. Luther Ampey and his staff at the cancer center. He is exceptionally kind and informative when dealing with patients. His encouragement and explanations are exemplary. I am grateful to be his patient.”

 

The Romans: Giving Comfort

The Roman's

Francis and Patricia Romans (pictured) have experienced what every parent fears… the death of a child. Not once, but twice. Their youngest son, Arthur, passed away 50 years ago when he was nine months old. Their middle child, Barry, died at the age of 40 after struggling with drugs and alcohol. In 2012, the Romans donated the Splashes of Hope Mural, three large murals on the second floor of MedStar Montgomery (pictured below), in memory of their sons. They then donated medicine shelves in 15 private patient rooms on the Joint and Spine Center, providing our staff better access to medications while caring for patients.

Most recently, the Romans gifted the hospital’s first lactation room for parents and their newborns. The room is designed to give mothers a peaceful place to bond with their babies, with subdued lighting and comfortable furnishings. Francis and Patricia have also demonstrated their commitment to the hospital with a planned gift from their trust to MedStar Montgomery and are now members of the Dr. Jacob Wheeler Bird Society. Learn more about Planned Giving options.

Sherwood High School POM Squad Supports Oncology Campaign for 3 Straight Seasons

Sherwood High Pom Squad

In 2013, the Sherwood High School POM Squad, with Coach Jeanne Laeng, decided their annual service project for the season would be raising funds for the Capital Campaign for Oncology at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Three seasons later—they have raised $4,062 for our oncology campaign! Read their story.

Our Community Give Back

Read about our culture of gratitude in our community, thanks to the support from events such as Joe’s Ride & Stride and Jeremy’s Run.

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The MGH Health Foundation would like thank all of our donors for their generosity and continued support throughout the years. Thanks to you, we are able to give our patients, their families, and our community the best in healthcare, close to home.