Maureen Roult had no idea anything was wrong when she brought her newborn home from the hospital. That night, her daughter passed away unexpectedly from an undiagnosed heart defect.
At her doctor's suggestion, Maureen met with a Children's National Hospital cardiologist. The cardiologist took the time to explain her daughter's condition and answer all of Maureen's questions. His compassion and commitment stayed with her. "For the doctor to spend his time and talk with me about my daughter, when I didn't even have a child who was a patient, said that Children's National is truly a great hospital. That's one of the reasons we give."
Maureen's generosity is a family trait. She remembers carrying out regular charitable work with her uncle and other relatives as a child. It is no surprise that she married Ray Caron, a man who not only puts an extra item or two in his basket for families in need — he fills an entire shopping cart just for them.
"Isn't that what you're supposed to do?" Ray asks. Maureen and Ray had long careers in civil service prior to retirement including, for Ray, more than 30 years as a U.S. Air Force reservist. They both have given generously to Children's National for more than two decades. When it came time to update their wills, it seemed natural to name the hospital as a beneficiary.
"We can't use it when we're gone, so it should go to making health care possible for more children," says Maureen. Their legacy gift to Children's National will do exactly that. For Maureen and Ray, membership in The Guardian Society is the logical next step for a couple committed to sharing what they have with others.
"We don't have children of our own, so the money we don't spend on things like clothes, orthodontia and college we can spend on health care for people who can't afford it. We definitely recommend others make Children's National part of their will."