Guardian Society member Carey Randall and her late husband Don first supported Children's National Hospital in the early 1970’s. They hosted a cookout at their Old Rag Mountain retreat, inviting friends and associates to make donations. All funds went to the hospital. “It was a lot of fun and an enormous success,” Carey says.
They had no idea, then, that their connection with Children's National would become so close.
Soon after the gathering, doctors at the hospital diagnosed their only child, 3-year-old Rick, with leukemia. Carey remembers their careful decision for Rick to receive treatment there, noting their confidence in the compassionate care and competence of the specialists and staff. Frequent visits became part of Rick’s life, including inviting his first-grade class for a tour of the waiting room and introduction to his doctors. His three-year treatment was successful and visits became less frequent. Carey remembers going through outgrown playthings, during his follow-up period, including a much-loved rocking horse. When asked what he would like to do with it, Rick suggested donating it to the waiting room at his clinic. The rocking horse remained there for many years.
As a teenager and adult, Rick loved the water. He found his career with a major marine corporation and established a business based on his passion for windsurfing. His well-lived life unfortunately changed in his forties with the onset of a secondary cancer and the completion of his life’s journey in 2018. He credited Children's National with his successful childhood treatment and named the hospital as the major recipient of his estate. Because of that sentiment, as well as Rick’s love of dogs, Rick’s bequest established the Richard M. Randall Endowed Fund to benefit the dog facility initiative of the hospital’s Animal Visitation and Pet Therapy program. Carey believes his legacy continues to be joyfully acknowledged through the growth of the initiative, beginning with a special doghouse and transport cart that increase patients’ access to the comforting facility dogs. Carey and Don had always included Children's National in their estate planning. Their planned gift will continue to support and honor the Richard M. Randall Endowed Fund.
“Giving by gifting to Children's National is an opportunity to positively impact generations to come,” says Carey.