James King: A simple man with a big heart
Mr. King has consistently contributed to Emanate Health Hospice for the last 10 years since his wife’s death. Clearly, he is a strong believer in the value of hospice for families.
Emanate Health Foundation donor James King is a simple man. His expectations are few, and he gives back more than most. For a man like Mr. King, only a few things are truly important during a loved one’s final days. Seeing that his wife, Sally, was comfortable while at Emanate Health Hospice was one of them.
Having been diagnosed with leukemia just over a year prior, Mrs. King had been in treatment but steadily declined as the months passed. Mr. King made the difficult decision to take her to hospice where he knew she would get the best care she really needed.
“They did their best to make her comfortable; that’s the best you can do in that situation,” explained Mr. King. “She had a few days left to live, and they ensured she wasn’t in any pain. That was really important to me.”
JAMES AND SALLY KING
Mr. and Mrs. King were married for 45 years. Covina residents, they were avid travelers, spending their days visiting nearby towns and taking annual vacations to each of the 50 states, as well as many of the Canadian provinces, and European countries from Italy to Finland.
The Kings were also dedicated theatergoers. Mrs. King enjoyed large-scale Broadway productions while Mr. King preferred more modest productions in intimate settings. They made time for both.
Mr. King is a devoted cyclist. Having taken up the hobby in 1969, he rides an average of 15 miles per day, six days per week. “Since I am almost terminally clumsy, I needed something which didn’t need much physical coordination,” he humbly shared.
MODESTY AND GRATITUDE
Despite his modesty, Mr. King has consistently contributed to Emanate Health Hospice in the 10 years since Sally’s death. Clearly, he is a strong believer in the value of hospice to families. Mr. King has had his fair share of experience with hospice, both locally and across the U.S. Both of his parents passed away in a hospice in South Carolina around the same time as Sally. As evidence of his gratitude, Mr. King generously designated $1 million to Emanate Health Foundation from his estate.
“One of the things which attracted me to support of the inpatient hospice facility was that it was a resource where a relatively small amount of money could make a difference,” explained Mr. King. “The service which they provide is a truly important one for a lot of families, and I think supporting it is a good thing to do.”
BENEFITS OF PLANNED GIVING
Mr. King has set up a planned giving disbursement of his estate, providing the convenience of an ongoing annual gift that is bestowed automatically.
Whether you include Emanate Health Foundation in your estate planning, a charitable gift annuity or another method of giving, you can rest assured that the funding goes toward crucial health care services. Emanate Health Foundation staff can help you determine the best option for you and your family.
“One of the things which attracted me to support of the inpatient hospice facility was that it was a resource where a relatively small amount of money could make a difference. The service which they provide is a truly important one for a lot of families, and I think supporting it is a good thing to do.” – James King