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Parents’ Gratitude Inspires Annual Giving

August 21, 2017 Print

Like others with a serious psychiatric disorder, Sam and Kathy Goldblatt’s son experienced a revolving door of hospitalizations that never successfully treated his illness nor involved him in the process. But then they found McLean.

Mary Belknap Society members Sam and Kathy Goldblatt
Mary Belknap Society members Sam and Kathy Goldblatt

“At McLean, the level of care and expertise made all the difference in Evan’s path to recovery,” explained Sam. “There’s both an art and a science to caring for the person and treating these illnesses. McLean does both, which was a game-changer for Evan, eventually allowing him to ‘own’ his illness and actively participate in his treatment plan and path forward.”

To show their gratitude, Sam and his wife Kathy became members of the Mary Belknap Society, a group of McLean supporters who make annual unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more. The trust and confidence they have in McLean’s clinical services extends to the hospital’s stewardship of their financial support, they said. The couple, also members of McLean’s Board of Visitors, plans to make McLean a beneficiary of their estate as well.

Kathy, a psychotherapist, said that they moved to the area to be close to Evan and McLean, which has continued to be an important part of their son’s support system, as well as the family’s. “The entire family continues to learn and grow through McLean,” said Kathy. “McLean changed not only his life, but the life of our whole family, including Evan’s siblings.”

To join the Mary Belknap Society or learn how you can make a provision for McLean through your estate, contact Kristin Kilbourne at 617.855.3644.