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Inspired Giving: The Bonnie Reid Story

Bonnie Reid

Behind every donation is a story. For Bonnie Reid, a long-time donor and volunteer at Sharp Memorial Hospital, the story behind her most recent donation goes back more than 15 years.

In 1997, her husband Terence was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei, a rare form of cancer that originates in the abdomen.

“When we got Terry’s diagnosis, I remember being told there were two doctors in the nation who could help us,” said Bonnie. “One was on the East Coast, and one was Sharp-affiliated physician Dr. Robert Barone.” The Reids chose to stay in San Diego so Terry could receive care from Dr. Barone at the Cancer Institute at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

“We made the right decision,” said Bonnie, remembering the way Dr. Barone cared for her husband, who ultimately passed away in 1999. “I’ll never forget calling him at 3 am when I needed help — and he was happy to speak with me. He couldn’t have been more wonderful.”

Bonnie stayed connected to Sharp after her husband’s passing, and began volunteering with the Sharp Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

“I was so grateful for all the love and support from the doctors, nurses and staff. I wanted to pay back in some way,” she said.

So when Bonnie started working with her lawyer on her estate plans, it seemed only right to  include Sharp as a beneficiary of her estate.

Earlier this year, she made a $500,000 testamentary pledge to benefit the Cancer Institute at Sharp Memorial.

The gift was made in memory of her husband and in honor of Dr. Barone.

“Terry would have wanted me to do this,” said Bonnie. “He was so appreciative of the care he received from everyone at Sharp.”

“I’m overwhelmed,” said Dr. Barone when the announcement was made. “I’m so grateful and honored to be recognized this way.”

“Thoughtful, generous gifts — like this one from Bonnie Reid — allow us to advance the care we provide,” said Dan Gross, executive vice president of hospital operations at Sharp HealthCare. “This donation is exceedingly meaningful.”

Learn more about giving opportunities at Sharp Memorial Hospital and how you can help.