Burton looks back on the summer of 2015, she recalls the grief of losing her
husband, John. But
she also recalls moments of grace, including some that inspired her to become a
donor to Phillips Eye Institute Foundation.
that summer, John was nearing the end of his life after being treated for
cancer over many years. He was losing weight and becoming weaker, but he had a
strong desire to make one more visit to Ohio to visit his family.
the same time, Sandra needed cataract surgery. Since John was unable to drive
her, the couple was thankful that Phillips Eye Institute has a Transportation
Service for its surgery and Low Vision Center patients.
surgeries were scheduled a few weeks apart in June. John rode along with Sandra
for both. On one of the rides, John and the van driver discovered they both
loved barbecue ribs, and they shared tips on their favorite restaurants. “The
two of them really bonded,” recalled Sandra.
couple was able to travel to Ohio during the 4th of July holiday. John’s health
deteriorated quickly afterward, and he died a few weeks later. His last outing
before his death was to his favorite rib place.
later, Sandra had another eye procedure scheduled and again used the Transportation
Service. The driver remembered her. “He told me how sorry he was for my loss –
and that he himself made excellent ribs and would have been happy to have made
some for John,” said Sandra.
“This was about so much more than getting a ride. It
was the human connection,” said Sandra. The experience compelled her to make a
donation and to include a note of gratitude with it: “I will never forget the
kindness that was shown to both of us at this difficult time.”
About 25 percent of our patients depend on our Transportation Service to receive timely vision care.
Help us continue this vital service by donating today.
Appreciation for a van driver’s kindness inspired Sandra Burton’s donation to the Transportation Fund.