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SAVES MAN’S LIFE Irving Silverman’s doctor told him there wasn’t much that could be done for his bleeding bladder, a complication of radiation therapy used to treat his prostate cancer. But his doctor knew that hyperbaric oxygenation, or HBO, is a recognized treatment for his condition and suggested that Silverman give it a try. Patients undergoing HBO treatment are placed in a pressurized chamber containing 100 percent oxygen, which dissolves in the patient’s blood and is carried to oxygen-starved tissues during treatment and for several hours afterwards. The treatment is indicated for a variety of ailments, the most familiar of which is treating divers who experience decompression illness, or the bends. Other approved uses include treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning, promoting wound healing, and countering damage to organs or tissue caused by radiation treatments, as in Silverman’s case. Silverman was apprehensive at first, but TMC’s HBO department put him in touch with another patient who had recently completed his treatments. Having no other options and comforted by the other patient’s experience, he decided to give it a try.

“He kept with it – through highs and

“I owe my life to TMC,” said Silverman, a retired writer, advertising executive and publisher. Grateful for the care he received, Mr. Silverman donated $100,000 to establish the Irving Silverman Endowment to benefit the HBO program at TMC, said Michael J. Duran, vice president and chief development officer.

lows. He is such an inspiration.”

Over 16 weeks of daily treatments, patient and caregivers bond. And Silverman’s warmth and zest for life inspired the TMC staff with whom he spent 16 weeks. “It’s exhausting to come here every day, and because of his age, it took a long time to rejuvenate his tissue,” said Anne Ramsower, RT. “But he kept with it – through highs and lows. He is such an inspiration.” Silverman, who is legally blind and hard of hearing, grew up in a poor immigrant family on the Lower East Side of New York, but was instilled with a sense of responsibility to those less fortunate, learning to put a little money each week into his family’s Pushka, or charity boxes.


“No matter how poor you are you have to give back. I’ve lived that all my life and “I am a very daring person, and I love life,” the 90-year-old am committed to fostering philanthropy,” said Silverman, whose successful career in said about his decision. advertising, writing and publishing has allowed him to support numerous causes dear to his Typically, a physician orders 20 sessions in the chamber heart in Tucson, New York, Massachusetts and Maine. -- two hours a day five days a week for four weeks. He also knows that his life has been filled with many blessings, and his first of two Often, it is necessary for a second round of treatment. By books, “A Trilogy, Three Hearts... One Soul” details his life with his two wives, both of Silverman’s third round of treatment, progress was finally whom have died. being made. His doctor ordered a fourth round to ensure “I’ve lived an amazing life, had my ups and downs, lost two remarkable wives,” he said, the bladder was healing as well as possible. “But I’ve benefitted from so much love, affection and support over substantial roadblocks, that I’ve become a giver rather than a taker.”


The TMC Planned Giving Council consists of local estate-planning professionals who support the mission of TMC and the TMC Foundation and those who want to leave a lasting legacy. “Our council members feel that giving back to our community is the greatest reward,” said Steve Wagner, J.D., C.P.A., tax manager at BeachFleischman and chairman of the TMC Planned Giving Council. “We look forward to assisting you with fulfilling your charitable goals.” To learn more about leaving a gift of real estate or other planned gifts, call (520) 324-3462 or visit the Planned Giving Council page at


HOME TO BENEFIT THEIR HOSPITAL Jesse and Marylyn Chapman had a home in Tucson since 1981, but then the couple found a wonderful use for it when they planned to move back to Minnesota. They decided to donate the home to Tucson Medical Center to sell and keep the proceeds. “It gives us pleasure knowing this gift will benefit TMC as we leave Tucson with good memories and great respect for the medical staff, volunteers and the mission of TMC,” Marylyn said. The Chapmans were part-time Tucson residents from 1987 to 1993. In 1993, the retired pharmaceutical engineer and pre-school/ kindergarten teacher moved to Tucson full-time. Marylyn had been volunteering in the Gift Shop since 1991, and around 1995, Jesse signed onto the Auxiliary and began driving the Courtesy Car. Later, Marylyn would become a cuddler in TMC’s nurseries. And they knew about TMC from the patient point-of-view, too. “TMC has cared for us through five surgical procedures and a couple emergencies,” Jesse said. This year, the couple decided to relocate to Minnesota and had to decide what to do with their home. After learning of contribution possibilities at a TMC Foundation seminar, the couple thought about giving real estate when leaving Tucson, explained Lori Banzhaf, director, Major Gifts. “The two discussed it and decided to give their Tucson home to the TMC Foundation.” The Foundation received the property, put it on the market and handled the sale of the of the property, saving the Chapmans the trouble of liquidating the asset. The Chapman’s established two life gift annuities with a 6.3 percent annual return for their lifetime along with a charitable deduction at tax time, but more importantly, they know that their help benefits their hospital and their community. “We are doing this in recognition of the friendships, medical care and support we have received from TMC and its staff,” Jesse said. “It is an opportunity to give something back to Tucson and TMC for the many rewarding years we spent in the area.”




TMC Foundation Donor Stories  

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