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Making a Mark
Making a Mark is published bi-annually by the CHOC Foundation. It features CHOC and children?s healthcare news, patient highlights, hospital updates, board member spotlights, and community involvement stories and is mailed to donors who support CHOC with a gift of $250 and more.

Meet Mr. McDonald

It's just the right thing to do.

It?s in this simple way that Ret. Infantry Captain Martin McDonald explains why he donates to the Children?s Hospital of Orange County. But once you talk to ?Mac,? as he likes to be called, it quickly becomes apparent that behind most of his simple answers lies a life rich in generosity and humbleness.

Born on the 4th of July, Mac joined the Army on his 17th birthday. He served for 12 years attached to the 83rd Infantry Division and spent 12 months in the Army hospital for combat wounds suffered during WWII. He received a Purple Heart medal and Army Commendation ribbon, awards that do not go home with every ?GI.? Mac also was presented with a certificate by former U.S. Army Surgeon General Kirk for being the top fundraiser in the U.S. for Army hospitals, in particular for theNurses National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

After leaving the service, Mac met Anna Marie. There is still a twinkle in his eyes when he talks about her, describing their whirlwind romance and 55 years of marriage. It was in 1947 that they began their life together and moved out to California, first living in Toluca Lake, ?just down the street from Andy Griffith,? Mac says.

In 1966, the two eventually settled in the city of Orange. It was here the couple truly found ?home,? and for Mac, that meant being involved in and giving back to the community. He soon became active in many civic organizations, serving as vice chairman of the Orange County Food Sales Club and the first vice president of the Providence Speech and Hearing Center. He also spent much of his time with the American Legion and his local parish, St. Norbert?s Church, the latter of which led Pope John Paul II to issue Mac an Apostolic Blessing for ?innumerable hours of service to the St. Norbert Church Community.?

So what is the story behind giving to CHOC? For Mac, this one is simple. While being treated for cancer at St. Joseph?s Hospital, he saw some young patients from CHOC receiving treatment at one of the shared service centers, and he knew they needed help.

Last spring, Mac decided to have the CHOC Foundation for Children Planned Giving department write a Charitable Gift Annuity for the hospital, allowing him to receive an income steam for life and the hospital to benefit from his generosity.

To learn more about Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA) or other gift planning vehicles, please call Jeri Stathis at the CHOC Foundation for Children at 714.532.8690, or email jstathis@choc.org. She will be happy to provide you with a no obligation, confidential overview of the benefits of a CGA.


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