b'BON SECOURS FOUNDATIONWhy We Give:TO ENSURE THE HOSPITAL HAS RESOURCES NEEDED FOR COVID-19After volunteering with Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospitals auxiliary for nearly 20 years, Dennis and Fran Cook continue giving financially. Their spirit of giving has taken on a whole new meaning during a global pandemic.Jesse DeBraux is feeling better and glad to be home with his wife, Patrice. Because ofWe knew hospitals had special needsyour gift, the hospital had everything it needed to save Jesses life and help him recoverbecause of the effects of COVID-19,from COVID-19.Dennis said. So we decided to use our yearly portion of giving that wasJESSE WAS THE FIRST COVID-19 PATIENTallotted for crises and emergencyAT MARY IMMACULATE HOSPITAL AND GOTsituations to help Mary Immaculate.LIFE-SAVING CARE, THANKS TO YOU We also wanted to help the staff, so we also donated to the fund forJesse DeBraux cant say thank youI didnt even know what was happen-employees in need. enough. He was recently the firsting, but Lavese would put the phone to The Cooks believe its important topatient to recover from COVID-19 andmy ear and it was like I was dreaming give back to local hospitals, especiallybe discharged from Bon Secours Marywhen I heard my wife telling me that I in times like these. Immaculate Hospital. Your generosityhave to get strong and come home, meant the hospital had all the supplies,Jesse shared.You need a hospital like Maryequipment and resources needed to careWhen he was finally well enough to Immaculate in your community,for COVID patients like Jesse. return home to his family and wife of Fran said. It takes money to haveThey saved my life, Jesse said. 28 years, the care teams at Mary that, but it doesnt take a millionImmaculate Hospital lined up to dollars. Every dollar we donate canHe spent two weeks in the hospitalcelebrate Jesse as he left the hospital.make a difference. after being diagnosed with the virus in mid-April. His condition was soIts amazing to know our community serious that he was on a ventilator forsupports such a wonderful place, Jesse eight days in the ICU. added. They were really there when I Jesse was unconscious for many ofneeded them.those days in ICU. He credits respira-Thank you, donors,tory therapist Lavese Russell withfor keeping such a greatmotivating him to fight for his life byhospital here. I dont know saying the names of his wife and children as encouragement. Visitorwhere Id be withoutrestrictions meant his loved onesMary Immaculate.couldnt be by his side, so compassion-ate staff like Lavese tried to offer extra emotional support.'