Donor Stories

Generous donor support provides the opportunity for French Hospital to make an important difference in the lives of so many people in our community. Donor support has provided state-of-the-art technology, advancements in facilities, created community health education opportunies, and provided free health care to those in need, among many others.

Learn more about some of our donors and their stories below.

Portrait of Linda Asprion

Linda Asprion

Linda Asprion has been an avid supporter of French Hospital for the past several years, supporting the hospital wherever she felt the need was the greatest. When the pandemic hit, she knew that she wanted to help however she could to support the hospital during COVID-19. Read her story >

Karen and Steven Chubon

Karen and Steve Chubon

For Karen and Steve Chubon, learning to stay hopeful through Karen's mom’s battle with cancer led to a commitment that would extend hope to others at the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital. Read their story >

Joan Gellert-Sargen

Joan Gellert-Sargen

A local philanthropist's passion and commitment to our community inspired her to make a generous gift to support the Intensive Care Unit. Read her story >

Portrait of Carol Judd

The Judd Family

Carol Judd, a dedicated French Hospital volunteer, was honored by her daughters after her passing with a lasting gift to the hospital. Read their story >

Portrait of Carol and Bob Kerwin

Bob and Carol Kerwin

Because of his positive experience at French Hospital, Bob and his wife, Carol, decided to say thank you by supporting the good work of the physicians and nurses through a planned gift. Read their story >

Portrait of Noreen Martin and Dr. Chris Hulburd

Noreen Martin and Dr. Chris Hulburd

Noreen Martin and her husband Dr. Chris Hulburd have been touched by cancer in a very personal way, leading them to support the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital. Read their story >

Portrait of Tracy and John Ronca

John and Tracy Ronca

As lifelong San Luis Obispo County residents and friends of French Hospital, John and Tracy Ronca are making a positive impact on their beloved community by naming the Ronca Family Plaza with a generous gift to support the Beyond Health movement. Read their story >

Nancy Russo McDevitt

Nancy Russo McDevitt

Nancy's parents taught their children that if they were fortunate, it was their job to give back. Today, Nancy and her siblings give generously to honor the example of their parents, carrying on their wishes through The Peter and Mary Russo Family Foundation. Read Nancy's story >

Evan and Aaron Steed

The Steed Family

Success in their family business, Meathead Movers, led young entrepreneurs to decide to give back. Read their story >

Rick Stollmeyer and Lori Ryan

Rick Stollmeyer and Lori Ryan

Generosity paved the way for a new Family Birthing Center when local entrepreneur Rick Stollmeyer and Lori Ryan, a former French Hospital OB nurse, gave back to make miracles happen. Read their story >

Portrait of Cheryl and Bill Swanson

Bill and Cheryl Swanson

Bill and Cheryl Swanson have a long history of philanthropy in the San Luis Obispo community, which is a special place to them both. Wishing to see it continue to thrive, the Swansons made a transformational gift to the Beyond Health campaign. Read their story >

Portrait of Dr. Louis Tedone

Louis Tedone, MD

Dr. Tedone's unique perspective as both a physician and a patient prompted him to consider how he could make a lasting impact for future patients at French Hospital. Read his story >

Portrait of Dr. Ke-Ping and Su Tsao

Dr. Ke-Ping and Su Tsao

Dr. Tsao and his wife, Su, have long been connected to French Hospital. For them, making a bequest to French Hospital allows them to give back to the community that has given so much to them. Read their story >

Portrait of Rocky Ullum

Rocky Ullum

After witnessing the compassionate care of her family members, Rocky became volunteer at the hospital as a means of giving back. Volunteering has only strengthened her belief in French Hospital and inspired her include a planned gift in her estate for the Hearst Cancer Resource Center. Read her story >


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