GIVING STORY: Jane Rutledge
Jane Rutledge is no stranger to loss. At the age of 12, Jane lost her older brother in a fire in Atlanta. Over the years she has lost family members, friends, and in 2002, her adult son. Sadly, it wasn’t until 2014 when her husband Dave was admitted to Hospice & Community Care’s Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House that she personally experienced the comfort of hospice care. A patient at the house for just 18 hours, Jane shared that the dignified way in which her husband was treated and the peace her family experienced while there forever changed her.
From this experience she has pledged to support Hospice in whatever way that she can. For years Jane and her sister Joyce Elder have chosen nonprofit organizations to support in lieu of birthday and Christmas gifts. This year, after visiting the Hospice campus to see the newly-placed pavestone in memory of Dave, Jane and Joyce decided that supporting Hospice felt right. For the foreseeable future this is where they want to give their gifts.
We are proud to be the recipient of so many gifts like those from Jane and Joyce. Hospice uses these gifts to help provide comfort and care to patients who either have no insurance or who have exhausted their insurance. For more than 30 years gifts large and small have allowed us to care for the community regardless of ability to pay. Because of the generosity of donors like Jane, Joyce, and you, we are able to continue our mission as we move into our fourth decade of service to the community.