For Nancy Dowling, There Are Many Ways to Give Back

NancyDowling_08On any given day you can find Nancy Dowling volunteering with the Methodist Auxiliary, visiting transplant patients, securing auction items for a fundraiser, or seated at a Methodist Foundation event.

In these ways, among countless others, Nancy gives back to a place for which she is deeply grateful.

In 2008, her husband, Forrest Dowling, received a liver transplant at the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, enabling him to live two more years before he passed away.

“After Forrest died, I felt so indebted to Methodist for what they had done for him. I decided I wanted to give back in some capacity. So, I called and inquired about ways to volunteer,” Nancy explained.

Since then, Nancy has been an active member of the Methodist Auxiliary, attending meetings and volunteering in the gift shop at Methodist University Hospital. In addition, she visits transplant patients and families in the hospital with her special cart stocked full of toiletries, books, treats and games.

“Forrest got bored when he was in the hospital. So, I thought it would be nice to offer patients and families some things to pass the time, and I love stopping by to say hello and visit with them,” she shared.

Nancy has also shown her gratitude for Methodist through generous contributions supporting Transplant, Hospice and the Dennis H. Jones Living Well Network.

Most recently, inspired by the construction of the new James D. Eason Transplant Institute within Methodist University Hospital Shorb Tower, Nancy made a donation in honor of Forrest, which will be recognized with a plaque.

“I am honored to be able to give in memory of Forrest. Our daughters and I are so pleased that their daddy is going to be remembered in such a meaningful way,” Nancy shared.

When asked what she would want to share with others about Methodist, Nancy said, “I am a fan of Methodist. They truly do all that they can do for their patients. If you have a choice, choose Methodist. Be an organ donor. And, if you have time, give your time.”