Marie’s legacy benefits Douglas
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.