When Gary Faltin’s wife, Mary, was battling lung cancer, they were so grateful for the compassionate care she received at Baptist Health Louisville that he and Mary created an endowment to support the hospital. Beyond showing their appreciation financially, he also was moved to become a hospital volunteer.
Gratitude and thankfulness put a positive twist on life, reduce stress and enable healing.Gary Faltin
“For my personal wellbeing, gratitude is rewarding and it gives my life a positive outlook,” he says. “When people see you being gracious and thankful, it passes that feeling on. It’s like a gift that keeps on giving.”
Now Gary is himself a patient at Baptist, where he’s undergoing cancer treatment. And he remains grateful: “Recently I’ve had an opportunity to be around a lot of healthcare givers, and it’s been enlightening to see the gratitude and compassion they have when treating their patients,” Gary says, adding: “Gratitude and thankfulness put a positive twist on life, reduce stress and enable healing.”
Thank you, Gary, for sharing your experience and insights with Project Gratitude. We are truly grateful.