Fran Ferrara Gives to Enrich Patients' Lives
Throughout her life, Fran Ferrara has cared about others. Her recent pledge to Boca Raton Regional Hospital illustrates just how true that is. Fran's hope is that others will experience some of the excellent programming offered through the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute and the Christine E. Lynn Women's Health and Wellness Institute.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Fran first came to Miami and then to Boca, where she has lived for the past 28 years. From the minute she moved here, it was where she felt she belonged. For most of her career, Fran worked in accounting and investing, and for fun, she performed as a dancer and show girl with the Florida Follies Dance Group. All the money the group earned from entertaining went to children's charities.
Together, Fran and her husband enjoyed the many amenities Boca had to offer until he developed Alzheimer's at an early age. His descent into the disease lasted 20 years. The couple had been married for 49 years when he died in September 2015—two months before Fran was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
Once diagnosed, Fran began spending a great deal of time at Boca Regional. The care she received inspired her to make a legacy gift to the hospital.
"As a result of my cancer, I found a healthcare team at the Lynn Cancer Institute that made me feel cared about and loved. From the minute I walked into the hospital for treatment, the doctors, nurses, staff, and administration welcomed and comforted me. Everyone showed compassion in a way I had not ever before experienced.
"As much as I dreaded all that cancer entailed, somehow being at the Lynn Cancer Institute and at the hospital in general felt right to me. People took care of me in a special way. I knew I was in good hands. It became my home away from home," Fran says.
Fran's legacy donation will focus on a variety of programming. "All the programs I have participated in at LCI have made a significant difference in my life. From the legacy class to classes in nutrition and meditation as well as a variety of lectures and programs, I met people, learned a great deal, and enjoyed myself. The programs have enriched my life and have fulfilled my health, mental, and spiritual needs. I want others to have the same opportunities to enjoy them and feel included in their time of need."
Fran's legacy gift isn't her first to Boca Regional. Her previous gift was given to the Lynn Cancer Institute to provide wellness classes and activities for patients in treatment, and with this gift, Fran named an exam room in memory of her beloved friend, Flossy Keesely.