Grateful Giving: Dan Brown

DAN BROWN TOOK THE CALL in the middle of the night. It was his wife, Peg, phoning from the hospital, where she had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer. "She said, ‘Please bring me home,'" Dan recalled.

Peg got her wish to spend her final months at home, thanks to the VNA of Cape Cod and its hospice program. Hospice and the family's chief VNA caregiver, Roxane Macara, were an enormous gift for the Brown family. "VNA hospice allowed me to bring my wife home from the hospital, have her here, so she could pass away in the comfort of our home," said Dan.

The Browns moved to Chatham in 1993, happy to embrace a new life of retirement. The couple was heading out of town for a family Christmas when Peg became ill. At a prominent Boston hospital, Peg was diagnosed with lung cancer, but doctors there told her to stay on the Cape for treatment. "They said, ‘There is absolutely no reason to travel to Boston," Dan recalled. "Cape Cod Hospital is the best.'"

Roxane supervised aides in tasks like bathing and feeding Peg. But there was a deeper aspect to Roxane's care – the close connection she formed with the family.

Showing their appreciation by giving back has helped Dan and his family heal. After Peg's passing, the family asked friends to donate to the VNA of Cape Cod's hospice program in lieu of flowers. Dan, an artist, also donates paintings to the Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary. Dan's son, Scott, and his wife, Tracy, who have an Orleans summer home, have become members of Cape Cod Healthcare's Lightkeeper's Society. "We couldn't have done it without Roxane, the nurses, the whole organization," Dan recalls.

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