Marie’s legacy ben­e­fits Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

ROGER Gib­bons met the love of his life rel­a­tively late in life and lost her af­ter three short years. But her mem­ory will live on for­ever in a lit­tle hos­pi­tal in Far North Queens­land due to the care, com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy she re­ceived from the staff there.

Marie LeCroy was un­der­go­ing cancer treat­ment through doc­tors in Dal­las, USA and the Wes­ley Hos­pi­tal in Bris­bane but the care she re­ceived at Moss­man Hos­pi­tal, north of Cairns had a huge im­pact.

So much so, that af­ter she died, Mr Gib­bons set up a fundrais­ing trib­ute in her hon­our, which is fi­nalised this week with the open­ing of the Moss­man Hos­pi­tal OPG ma­chine.

“We were in Port Dou­glas for a few days on hol­i­days when Marie be­came ill and we came to the Moss­man Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment,” Mr Gib­bons said.

Sadly Marie died in Bris­bane aged 55 just a few weeks later, but Mr Gib­bons wanted to give some­thing back to the Moss­man com­mu­nity that had so much im­pact on them both.

Fundrais­ing was launched through the FNQ Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion in March 2016 and by July enough had been raised for the OPG ma­chine – a spe­cial fa­cial and den­tal xray de­vice, at Moss­man Hos­pi­tal.

Moss­man Hos­pi­tal Di­rec­tor of Nurs­ing Peter LeGrif­fon said when Mr Gib­bons ap­proached him for a fundrais­ing idea, he thought he had maybe a cou­ple of thou­sand dol­lars in mind.

“Roger said to me he was think­ing more along the lines of $50,000 and I nearly fell off my chair. The great thing about this OPG ma­chine is that it will save peo­ple hav­ing to go down to Cairns for this test and it will cre­ate a rev­enue stream for the hos­pi­tal so we can con­tinue to grow and im­prove our ser­vices,” Mr LeGrif­fon said.

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