OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center receives large donation for pediatric oncology campaign
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A former OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center board member and investment advisor gives back to the healthcare system in a big way.
John M. Pepe made the generous gift in memory of his late son. The boy died in 1963 from childhood leukemia.
OSF hasn’t disclosed the donation amount but says it is the largest in the 145-year history of OSF HealthCare. That endowment will be used to hire a chair of pediatric oncology for the organization.
OSF Saint Anthony’s Patricia D. Pepe Center for Cancer is named in memory of Pepe’s wife, who died from cancer in 2015. The family also donated the Garden of Hope, which sits outside the center.
“I’ve been fortunate to have achieved success in my career, which has afforded me the opportunity to help others,” John said. “To me, this recent gift is a way to bring my late wife and son together again. Pat and I were young at the time when our first child was born and ultimately passed away. My family has always enjoyed a special relationship with OSF Saint Anthony and the staff has treated my family wonderfully, as they have with so many other families. I’m proud to say that I’m still close with many of the Mission Partners and people I served on boards with over the many years.”
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