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A Decision to Support the Future

Because of Lorraine and John... St. Joseph's tradition of compassionate care will continue.

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John and Lorraine Yeoman

Within the span of four years both John and Lorraine Yeoman had serious health scares. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2006, and she was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2010.

But what could have been the stories of two traumatic experiences turned into stories of thankfulness-for still having each other, for having their health back, and for receiving what they call an "outstanding level of care" right here in London.

Those four years caused the Yeomans, who have been married for 53 years, to consider plans for their estate once they had both passed.

"It's not as though we're rich and deciding where our millions will go," says John. "We're comfortable, we've worked hard for everything we have, and when we're both gone, we want whatever bit is left to be used to help make a difference."

A tragic motorcycle accident 33 years ago had taken the life of their daughter and only child when she was just a teenager and, because their immediate family members are financially comfortable, the London couple believed their estate would be best used to support the future of their community. They decided to will their estate to London's hospitals.

One half will go to the Breast Care Program at St. Joseph's Hospital. The couple was impressed with the innovative facility and the level of personal care that Lorraine received before and after her lumpectomy and radiation treatment. From diagnosis to surgery -- performed by Dr. Muriel Brackstone who Lorraine says is "a fabulous doctor" -- was only six weeks.

"Everyone was so helpful and considerate about what was happening and willing to do anything to help if needed," says Lorraine. "They were there for John as much as they were there for me."

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