A Legacy Of Caring

Mary Kay Farley spent her summers in Harbor Springs on the shores of Lake Michigan and was committed to giving back to the community that had given her so much throughout life. Mary Kay passed away in 2014 but her spirit lives on today in the local students she supported with scholarships and the patients whose lives she touched as a leader and supporter of McLaren Northern Michigan.

Mary Kay was a passionate advocate for health care. She gave generously of her time as a foundation board member and then as a member of the advisory council. Her final gift, a bequest to McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation, was a testament to her commitment.

Knowing the intricacies of health care, Mary Kay didn’t restrict the use of her bequest to a specific program. By leaving this gift “undesignated,” she allowed the foundation the flexibility to address the hospital’s area of greatest need. Today, when we are faced with a patient who is unable to pay for a prescription or who can’t get to a medical appointment, we are grateful to have the resources to help. When a nurse requires certification to better serve our patients, we can provide a stipend. And, when a piece of equipment is needed to perform a new procedure, we can purchase it.

Mary Kay’s legacy continues to have a far reaching effect on our patients and our communities. We invite you to consider how you might leave your own legacy with a gift through your estate plan. If you have already included a bequest to McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation or made other arrangements to support our efforts, please let us know. We would be delighted to welcome you as a member of our Legacy Society. Or, to simply learn more about how your support can impact the health of our patients and our communities, please contact McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation at 231-487-3500.