In his donation letter in support of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Seacoast Cancer Center, Jim Stevens recalled the courage and positive attitude his mother Ruth brought to her battle with breast cancer. He said, “Ruth lived six years longer than expected because of the staff’s ability (at a Virginia hospital) to build a positive patient attitude and encourage my mom to fight this dreaded disease.”
In recognition of the value of his mother’s caregivers, Stevens’ donation of $10,500 will support the Nurse Navigator Program at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital to help patients deal with the unknowns and intricacies of living with cancer. He dad also passed away from cancer seven years after his mom.
As a member of the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital & Health Foundation Board and Chair of the Stewardship Committee, Stevens knows the value of every donation and the personal stories that accompany each gift.
“I hope this donation encourages others to give,” he said. “We wanted to do something meaningful for our family. My wife Chris is a nurse and my daughter Wendy is a nurse practitioner. When I heard about the Nurse Navigator Program I remembered how important nursing care was for my mom, so we chose the Cancer Center for our donation.”
After growing up in Michigan, living in Ohio and Connecticut, Jim and Chris moved a few years ago to Wolfeboro, NH, where they enjoy the outdoors in all seasons. They cross country ski, climb 4,000 foot mountains and take their 16 ft. zodiac around Lake Winnipesaukee once the ice is out. They sail in Casco Bay and enjoy frequent visits from their four daughters and eight grandchildren. As long as there is an interstate and an airport nearby, Stevens also manages to continue his career as a marketer for a software development company.
The Foundation is grateful for his gift “In memory of James and Ruth Stevens, parents of James Stevens, Jr.”