Making a Lasting Difference
A Spokane couple is leaving part of their estate to combat Multiple Sclerosis
When Bruce Walker left the Army in 1970, he wasn’t sure what his next move would be.
During Bruce’s welcome-home party, his father handed him a job application for Sacred Heart Medical Center. Bruce, a licensed practical nurse, followed his dad’s advice and soon was hired at Sacred Heart.
Turns out father knows best.
During Bruce’s employee orientation he met his future wife, Rayna Lee. Shortly after their marriage, he graduated from the Sacred Heart School of Nursing. Bruce and Rayna Lee’s careers at Sacred Heart spanned more than 40 years, until they retired in 2011.
With their long history at Sacred Heart, it was only natural that Bruce and Rayna Lee looked to the Providence Health Care Foundation, Eastern Washington, when it came time to redo their will.
“We’d known about the foundation for years,” says Rayna Lee. They both had seen the benefits of the foundation firsthand in their day-to-day work at the hospital.
A Lasting Impact
After thoughtful consideration and research, the Walkers decided to leave a portion of their estate to the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Providence Holy Family Hospital. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system that affects the brain and spinal cord. For reasons that remain a mystery, the Inland Northwest has one of the highest concentrations of MS in the world.
“MS had been a part of my life since high school,” shares Rayna Lee. She grew up in Odessa, Wash., knowing several people with the disease.
“I toured the Holy Family center and was impressed.” And because Bruce was profoundly touched by the patients he cared for, the couple is also leaving a gift to the local Parkinson’s chapter.
The Walkers encourage anyone considering a planned gift to do their homework and follow their passion.
“There are many ways to make a difference and for us, a planned gift made perfect sense,” Rayna Lee says.