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Hospice Has Special Place in Donor's Heart

Hospice Has Special Place in Donor's Heart

Geraldine Browarsky (center) pictured with daughters
Lynne Siegel (left) and Fran Caplan (right).

Fran Caplan's first experience with Forbes Hospice came when a dear friend used their services. She was so impressed with the level of care and compassion that Forbes Hospice provided that when it came time for Fran and her sister to choose a caregiver for their mother, it was no question that Forbes Hospice was the best choice.

Fran's mother, Geraldine Browarsky, was introduced to hospice care in her home in April 2008. She had battled breast cancer for 30 years and bone cancer for the last 20 years. Fran said that she and her family were able to feel at peace knowing that their mother was in good hands. Although Geraldine was only under hospice care for one week, Fran said, "When we needed them they were incredible.

Forbes Hospice is such a great place and the services are so needed. Their staff is amazing." Since her mother Geraldine died in 2008, Fran and her family have been consistent donors. In 2010, an engraved leaf was added to the Tree of Life in her honor, thanks to contributions from Fran, her sister Lynne, friends and family.

The Tree of Life is displayed in the Forbes Hospice inpatient unit.Fran has been a donor since 2004 and said she will continue to donate in her mother’s memory so that others can receive the outstanding care that she and her mother received two years ago. Fran also gives to Forbes Hospice in honor of birthdays, graduations and other joyous occasions. She uses opportunities like these to give back to others. "My family and friends have everything they need and Forbes Health Foundation has made it so easy for me to donate."


Philanthropy has always been an important part of Fran’s life and she has been involved with a number of causes to help the elderly, as well as women and children in need. Her giving spirit has touched the younger generation by inspiring her granddaughter, Ellie Fleischer, who is eight years old, to raise money to provide clothes, crafts and other items to a local women's shelter. Fran said she continues to give her time to others and to give back to well-deserving organizations like Forbes Hospice.

Posted in the Forbes Health Foundation Healthy Roots Spring 2011

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