Sylvia Henderson’s Story

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Sylvia gives because she wants Marcum and Wallace to always be there for her family and others

Mercy Health Marcum and Wallace Hospital has been an integral part of Sylvia Henderson’s life since it first opened in 1959.

Her cousin delivered the first baby born there. She delivered her own son there a few years later. When her parents were nearing the ends of their lives, “they got excellent care at the hospital,” Sylvia says. When she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, caregivers there ensured she had whatever she needed. More recently, she’s gotten COVID tests and vaccines at the hospital.


“I like to give local. I know they’ll use it wherever it’s most needed.”


Because Marcum and Wallace has made such a difference in her life, Sylvia wants to ensure the care she and her family continue to receive will always be there.

“It feels good to donate to a worthy cause,” she says. She makes gifts whenever she has a little extra money, and to honor lost loved ones.

“I don’t send flowers. They just die,” she explains, “but my donation is something that lives on.”