Your generous gift provides relief and loving support for Masons like Doug and his wife Pat until the end.


Sweethearts since the sixth grade, Doug and Pat played by the rules. They worked hard, saved well and thought they’d never run out of money. But they did. That’s why I'm writing to you today – to ask for your help. Not for myself or the Foundation, but for hard-working and loyal members of our Masonic family like Doug and his wife Pat.

You see, Pat was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. At $5,000 a month in out-of-pocket medical and prescription expenses, their savings gradually disappeared. A military veteran, retired businessman, devoted father and grandfather – Doug had always known what to do..... until now.

Can you imagine how Doug felt after a lifetime of service and proudly taking care of his family? How could he provide the quality care Pat so desperately needed, and keep a roof over their heads? What would you do? Who would you turn to?

Doug mentioned to Pat’s social worker that he was headed to a lodge meeting. The social worker asked, “You’re a Mason? They have the best senior care facility in the State.” That’s when Doug reached out to Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation and Masonic Pathways for help. They were welcomed with open arms.

Then one night Pat’s nurse came to Doug and said, “Doug, you need to come to Pat’s room, climb into bed with her and tell her you love her. Tell her it's alright to let go.” Doug did that. He whispered in her ear, “I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you…” Pat hadn’t spoken in two months, but somehow found the strength to whisper back, “I love you too.” Those were the last words Doug heard from Pat. She died that night.

Because Doug has been a loyal Mason for nearly sixty years, the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation stepped in to ensure he could continue living his remaining days in comfort. “I never dreamed I would need a facility such as the Masonic Home. But it's a wonderful place to be. There is love here,” said Doug.

Your generous gift provides relief and loving support for Masons like Doug and his wife Pat until the end.

Please give your most generous gift now, and it will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $33,700 thanks to our Challenge Leaders.

With gratitude,

Walter F. Wheeler, PGM
Executive Director, Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation

P.S. You turn loneliness into love, regret into relief, and tragedy into truth with your gift.

P.P.S. Make twice the impact! Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $33,700 through December 31st.



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