When 86-year-old Rose Anne O’Brien contributed to K-LIFE, she didn’t know she was the first person to give a cash donation to the new program.
Financially supporting community efforts was not something new to Rose Anne. “I have always supported a lot of activities and groups including Special Olympics, ARC and Kadlec Foundation,” said Rose Anne.
Recently, while at the hospital, she picked up a flyer explaining K-LIFE and became interested in the program.
“I loved the idea that I would get some kind of tax deduction for my gift,” she said, “so I called Mr. (Glenn) Welch. My one question was whether it was only available for people up to age 75. I am 86. He told me the age groups don’t stop at 75, so I was interested in learning more.”
Welch met with Rose Anne and explained K-LIFE to her.
“It was just what I was looking for right now. It benefits the hospital and I get a tax deduction as well,” she said.
When she gave her gift through K-LIFE in late April, hers was the first cash donation into the newly established program. “Kadlec has always been my hospital, and I wanted to help. The people there are really good, and I feel good about supporting Kadlec,” Rose Anne said.