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As a joyful newlywed and a brilliant PhD candidate in cell biology at Yale University, life is wonderful for Anna Baccei. For her, McLean is a distant memory. For Tom and Linda Baccei, McLean remains the place that “saved our daughter’s life.” More than a decade ago, as a teen, Anna received treatment for bipolar disorder at McLean.
“It was a terrifying time,” said Tom. “But McLean was there for us. Thankfully, those days are in our rearview mirror, but we remain invested in and tremendously grateful to the hospital.”
The Bacceis were particularly helped by attending a weekly parent group. They drove the hour-long trek regularly and continued to attend after Anna was on the road to recovery, largely to give other parents hope. The experience was so powerful that they created a philanthropic fund to support the group for years to come.
The Bacceis are now enthusiastic members of the McLean Board of Visitors, attending annual meetings when possible and staying up-to-date on current research and treatment issues.
They also have joined the Mary Belknap Society, McLean’s leadership annual giving circle, by making yearly unrestricted gifts. More recently, they were welcomed into the John McLean Society when they shared that they had included McLean in their estate plans. “McLean is an important part of our history. That Anna would come to have such a successful, independent, and intellectually challenging life was unimaginable when she was sick,” said Linda. “We are thrilled to support McLean in a way that gives the hospital the ability to direct our gifts where they are most useful.”
The Mary Belknap Society honors donors who give unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more to McLean Hospital each year. Such leadership annual giving provides crucial resources to strengthen clinical services, seed novel research, recruit and train talented faculty, and fulfill McLean’s mission.
For information on making a legacy gift to the hospital, contact Elizabeth Fieux at 617.855.3453.