I've always been partial to people who go above and beyond. It's a character trait I seem to consistently run across when conducting interviews with individuals utilizing the services of Hospice Care of the West and this showcase on Mr. Vernon Clover and his wife, Donna, is no exception.
Vernon, who suffers from Parkinson's Disease, has been under the care of Dr. Kang Hsu, Medical Director at Hospice Care of the West, for nearly three years. In that time, Dr. Hsu and the man he calls "one of his favorite patients," frequently chatted about the former high school driver's education teacher and boy's basketball coach's love of the game. So when Dr. Hsu learned that Vernon was a Lakers fan, he volunteered a pair of tickets that allowed Vernon and his wife their first visit to the Staples Center to watch their team play last December as part of Hospice Care of the West’s new “True Loves and Wishes” program created to grant the wishes of its patients.
"We had such a wonderful time," says Donna. "I had never been to a professional game and it had been many years since Vernon had been to one, so we can't thank Dr. Hsu enough for such a memorable afternoon. It certainly added to the excitement that the Lakers won that day! But more than that, everyone at Hospice Care of the West is so nice and so caring, they have really been an incredible help to us on every level."
A native Oklahoman, Vernon met his future bride on a blind date and they will celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary in October. An "Army brat," Donna was born in Pennsylvania and raised all over the country in states where her father was stationed, including Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Donna's son David Schaffer lives two blocks away from the couple and her daughter, Chris, lives in Texas, while Vernon's daughter Stacey lives in Tulsa. Vernon and Donna are the proud grandparents of three "lovely granddaughters" - Alexis, 21, Caroline, 16 and Isabella, 13.
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