Respiratory Patients Breathed Easier thanks to this Legacy Gift!
Clay Dieckmann, a soft spoken determined gentleman who passed away at the age of 97, was no ordinary man. A very generous and young-spirited man from Garden Valley, Mr. Dieckmann, recalled both World Wars with a twinkle in his eye. He would look forward to Monday mornings when he'd have a big front-page layout for the San Mateo News. While living in San Francisco he met a sophisticated young woman named Helen. They soon married and she happily devoted the rest of her life to the man of her dreams. In the early 60s they moved to El Dorado County, and Clay went to work part time for the Auburn Journal. They enjoyed many years living on the Divide.
Alexander Massey, M.D. who cared for Helen during her last days, recalled the gentleness given in helping her realize the brief time she had left as she received home care from her respiratory therapist.
After Helen's passing, Clay's dream was to remember Helen in a very special way. Through his generous estate plans with the Marshall Foundation for Community Health, The Helen Dieckmann Fund for Respiratory Home Care was established, fulfilling his desire that other respiratory patients have access to care in their homes.
Thanks to Clay's vision, respiratory patients have found hope to cope with their disease and bridge the gap between services not routinely covered or offered. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers." Patients were able to overcome the trying obstacles of their disease and experience daily victories, all because of Clay's legacy to remember Helen.
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