Since meeting on a merry-go-round in their hometown of Rochester, N.Y., Larry and Sharon Beeman have had a long and interesting journey together. They moved to Arlington, Va., more than 50 years ago and have two children and five grandchildren.
Before retiring in the late 1990s, Larry and Sharon both had meaningful careers that improved the lives of others. Larry worked for the government for 33 years, including 24 with the U.S. Department of Labor. Sharon worked for Eastman Kodak and Blue Cross Blue Shield, and she also helped coordinate home nursing services for the elderly. "Through our careers, we realized how important and rewarding it was to help others," Sharon said. "We are fortunate we can provide financial support to the causes we care about. We didn't inherit money. We saved carefully while we were fully enjoying life."
The Beemans have supported Children's National for more than 40 years. Larry explains, "Once at an office holiday party, I solicited donations for the annual Washington Post Campaign for the hospital, and I matched my co-workers' contributions." Sharon wanted to support sick children after undergoing treatment for cancer. She chose Children's National for its reputation for compassionate and innovative care for cancer and other conditions. "Through my own experience, I learned how important good medical care is, for adults and children," Sharon said. "The quality of care and the compassion shown by the doctors and nurses at Children's National really impress me."
The couple developed a particular interest in the work Children's National does in underserved areas. "Our children and grandchildren have had access to good care," Larry said. "And we want that for every child, no matter where they live or their family income."
In addition to their annual donations, the Beemans created a legacy gift through their family trust. Larry said, "Our gift won't be enough to open a new community clinic, but we know our donations are being put to great use, and will help children in disadvantaged communities."