HELPING THE ONES THAT NEED IT MOST
By James Ponder
Their love for children inspired Harvey and Lanell Price of Waco, Texas, to contribute 20 percent of the value of their estate to both Loma Linda University Children's Hospital (LLUCH) and Children's Medical Center (CMC) of Dallas.
Harvey explains that when victimized or abused children receive help early in life, they have a better chance of regaining their health. "Both Lanell and I feel very strongly that children born at-risk, or behind the eight ball, need an infusion of funds to give them a head start in life."
After noting that he and Lanell have both been personally and professionally involved with children in a medical setting, Harvey points out that the couple has a personal reason for championing the compassionate care of children: Lanell experienced abuse in a now-defunct orphanage from which she escaped, at the age of 15, in June 1955.
In explaining why they selected LLUCH, Harvey points out that he is both a graduate of the respiratory care program at LLU School of Allied Health Professions and a former employee of Loma Linda University Medical Center.
The couple met their first day of high school in Waco, Texas, a few months after Lanell escaped from the orphanage. They became good friends, eating lunch and hanging out together at every opportunity. They were so close that at one point, it seemed likely to others that they would one day marry. However, life took them in very different directions and the two lost contact with each other almost immediately after graduation.
Five decades later, they reunited after Harvey, who had been unable to attend the 50th reunion of their high school class, received a spiral notebook with biographies of his classmates, and was delighted to learn that Lanell was still living in a town about 100 miles from where they grew up.
Harvey initiated a friendship with Lanell by mail, email, and telephone, and discovered that they still shared many common interests. After a lengthy courtship, he and Lanell were married on May 23, 2013.
Today, Mr. and Mrs. Price are thankful to God for the life they enjoy together, and grateful to Loma Linda University Children's Hospital and Children Medical Center (of Dallas) for caring for at-risk children all over the world.
For more information on how to include LLUCH in your estate plans, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at 909-558-4553 or visit their website at www.llulegacy.org.