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Legacy gifts, a disposition of one’s estate, are perhaps the most profound expressions of philanthropy and gratitude. They reflect people’s thoughtful consideration of what happens to their earthly belongings when they are no longer here to use and enjoy them. The options are infinite, so what motivates an individual to designate a charity as a beneficiary of an estate?

Understandably, the passion and purpose behind such a gift is often a beautiful, meaningful story. Joe and Christina Rice is one such story.

After so many years of perfect health, Christina and I suddenly needed care and Mission Hospital was there for us,” shares Joe Rice. “The care was exceptional in every way; and especially near the end of Christina’s life, the team of skilled people caring for her really cared for both of us - physically, emotionally and spiritually.”

Before Christina died, she and Joe decided to make an estate gift to Mission Hospital. “For me, the gift celebrates the last ten months of her life and how grateful I am to Mission Hospital for giving me that priceless time with her.”

“Undoubtedly, the thoughtfulness and generosity of individuals before us, helped create the loving, nurturing environment that ministered to Christina and I in our time of need. People we never met or knew supported Mission Hospital and we were the beneficiaries of their Spirit of Giving. This inspired us to ‘pay it forward’ as well. There is a profound serenity in knowing that what we do today touches lives well into the future.”

If you would like to learn how to include Mission Hospital in your estate planning, please contact Jim Frey at or (949) 364-4848 or visit If you have already included Mission Hospital in your arrangements, please ask us about our Summit Society Luncheon.