Turlock Cares Gives Back to Emanuel Medical Center

Jan 6, 2021

In honor of her late husband, Gaylene Cornell wanted to give back to the caregivers at Emanuel Medical Center and Emanuel Cancer Center. Gaylene’s husband Bill died several years ago after a battle with cancer. He received care and treatment at our cancer center. Gaylene put out a request on social media for suggestions of locally owned restaurants, as she wanted to provide meals for our teams. Before she knew it, people were asking how they could help and offered to make donations.

In just one week, delicious food and desserts were provided to Emanuel from Kraving Kebab Pizza (who made pizzas on New Year’s Day, even though they were closed!), Toscana’s Ristorante, Dean’s Pizza and Olde Tyme Pastries.

“We can’t thank Gaylene and our community enough for the kindness and generosity they’ve shown for our caregivers. Our teams are grateful for the amazing support, especially during these difficult times,” said Lani Dickinson, CEO of Emanuel Medical Center. “Gaylene’s act of kindness, in honor of her late husband, means the world to us. I know many of our staff members were moved by Gaylene’s story and were so appreciative that she wanted to give back to the team that cared for her husband. These gestures go a long way and make us so proud to be a part of the Turlock community.”

“You have no idea how incredibly full my heart is because of all the wonderful people that live in Turlock and came together as a community to help give a little bit back to the people that are keeping us alive. I know Bill is looking down and smiling on all of us,” Gaylene said.

Read more about Gaylene’s efforts in the Turlock Journal.

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