Giving to FMH

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Joe Collins
A Woman's Giving Spirit Lives On

Joe and Nancy Collins met and raised their family in Shaler Township, a small residential suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. In 1984, the couple and their three children moved to Arnold, MD, where they put down roots and got involved in the community.

In addition to her strong family support, it was these roots and solid friendships that helped Nancy Collins beat breast cancer, becoming a 15-year survivor. Shortly after Joe's retirement, however, she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease, a type of cancer which eventually took her life on September 25, 2000.

In his wife's memory, Joe and his family established the Nancy Collins Memorial Fund with a twofold mission: to support the ongoing fight against cancer, and to assist in providing quality healthcare for children. Since Joe moved to Frederick in 2004, the Fund has been used to support the FMH Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, and the Billy Miller Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

In addition to direct financial contributions, proceeds from the Nancy Collins Memorial Fund have been used to purchase artwork and comfortable rocking chairs for parents of infants being cared for in the NICU to use when holding their newborns. Rocking chairs have also been purchased for the comfort of patients, family and caregivers at the FMH Regional Cancer Therapy Center.

Joe, who is an active member of the FMH Auxiliary and regular volunteer at the hospital, also works year round getting sponsors and recruiting foursomes for the Nancy Collins Memorial Charity Golf Tournament. Always held in June, the proceeds from this event—which will mark its 10th anniversary this year—continue to support the Fund set up in Nancy's name.

 "Nancy was such a friendly, caring person," says Joe. "She was always reaching out to help people, and she had a real gift with children. All of us who contribute to the Fund in her memory are pleased to know the proceeds are going to support the NICU, and to help cancer patients who can't afford their medicine. We think Nancy would have liked that."

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