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One Donor's Story

Retired administrative law judge Lorraine Kendall is a longtime patient of El Camino Health and donor to El Camino Health Foundation. “I have been treated at several hospitals in the Bay Area and I can say categorically that the care at El Camino Hospital is extraordinary,” she says. “The doctors are outstanding. The nurses and support staff go out of their way to be helpful and everyone is continually looking to improve in a positive way.”

About two years ago, Judge Kendall became a patient of Dr. Jiali Li, who diagnosed her with MDS (myelodysplastic syndromes), a cancer that prevents immature blood cells in the bone marrow from maturing or becoming healthy blood cells. The medical oncologist has been caring for her ever since and, in gratitude, Judge Kendall began directing her philanthropy to support the Cancer Center.

“The staff at the Cancer Center welcomes you in,” she explains. “They listen to you and care about what you have to say. That makes a big difference because you don’t feel so alone. I wanted to honor each and every one because it takes all of them working together for the best outcome.”

In July 2019, Judge Kendall made a legacy gift to name the Cancer Center lobby “in honor of the outstanding medical and nursing staff.” She wants to be sure the Cancer Center will be able to provide the expert, compassionate patient care she appreciates to countless others in the years to come. “I know the difference between good care and bad. I have to help the people who will come along after me. This is a forever gift.”

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