Patron Saint of Cancer Patients donated as memorial gift
Mike Thimesch battled Hodgkin's lymphoma as a child, then acute myelogenous leukemia at age 28. During his care in the Oncology unit at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, he and his wife, Jenni, became friends with the staff and decided to donate a sculpture of St. Peregrine, the patron saint of cancer patients, to the unit.
"It was a way to thank them for their care, support and friendship to me and my husband during his illness," said Jenni, a certified registered nurse anesthetist at the hospital.
Thimesch died April 1, 2008, before they could present their gift, but Jenni fulfilled their plan in his memory. The hand-carved wooden statue sits prominently near the nurses station, where patients, visitors and staff can admire it or offer a prayer.
Memorial gifts and funds are a meaningful way to continue the good works and intentions of others, after they are gone. They may be given through the Via Christi Foundation to benefit hospital services and patient care needs.
Jenni Thimesch, left, widow of Mike Thimesch and a certified registered nurse anesthetist, and Oncology nurse Dawn Wilson display the sculpture of St. Peregrine.
The statue was donated in Mike's memory to the Oncology unit at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.