Serving and sharing have always been part of Laurel Cornish's life, and she currently knits and crochets blankets and jackets for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children's National. Laurel, who grew up on a Minnesota farm, adopted the attitude of giving her parents modeled. "You shared what you had," she says.
Laurel spent her career working for the federal government, where she was a secretary for the Navy, worked for the Post Office, and worked in the Department of Education over the course of 37 years. She also took some time away from work to raise her family.
Her fondness for Children's National goes back many years. "I learned about the hospital shortly after I moved to Washington, D.C., in 1954 through Bill Gold's fundraising column in The Washington Post (later written by Bob Levey and now John Kelly). That's how I learned about their philosophy of treating a child without regard to a parent's ability to pay."
When Children's National treated one of her grandchildren for a heart problem, it was day before anyone asked about insurance. That's when Laurel knew that she wanted to support the hospital. Thankfully, her grandchild recovered fully. One way Laurel demonstrates her support is through a gift from her IRA. "I love the simplicity of the IRA charitable rollover and I don't have to worry about my income tax forms."
We are grateful for Laurel's commitment and generosity. Her gift makes it possible to continue our vital research and service to children and their families.