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 benefit from the excellent programming offered through the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute and the Christine E. Women’s Health and Wellness Institute.
Fran, originally from Toronto, Canada, has lived in Boca Raton for the past 28years. She and her husband enjoyed much of what the city offered. They had been married for 49 years when he died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2015 — two months before she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
Flossy Keesely, a dear friend of Fran’s, had spoken to Fran about the donations she had made to a hospital. Fran was inspired, and when Flossy passed away, Fran honored her memory with a gift to name a room at the Lynn Cancer Institute.
Fran had also been considering a legacy donation to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Once she diagnosed with cancer, she spent a great deal of time at the hospital. "I found a place where, for the first time ever, I felt cared about and loved. From the minute I walked into the hospital for treatment, the doctors, nurses, staff, and administration welcomed and comforted me. People took care of me in a special way."
Fran’s legacy donation will focus on a variety of programming. "The programs I have participated in have made a significant difference in my life. From the legacy class to sessions on nutrition and meditation as well as a variety of lectures and seminars, 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."