Patient travels from out of state and makes a gift to Legacy Good Samaritan because of exceptional providers, care
After Margo Aragon Herrington’s late husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2003, they took the advice of his brother and moved part-time from Idaho to Portland so he could be treated by Dr. Anthony Van Ho at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.
In 2016, soon after Margo was diagnosed with colon cancer, she decided to return to Good Samaritan for her own treatment. For two years, Margo has travelled back and forth to Portland from her home in Lewiston, Idaho.
Margo says the care she’s received and the amenities available at Legacy Good Samaritan, from the food in the cafeteria to the Green Gables Guest House, have provided comfort at a difficult time and inspired her to make a philanthropic gift to the hospital.
She’s encouraging others to follow her lead.
“A gift to Good Samaritan,” she says, “supports a level of care that most people in this country have never had access to.”
Good Samaritan is the home of the Legacy Cancer Institute, which offers comprehensive services to screen, diagnose, treat and nurture cancer patients throughout the Legacy Health system. With the support of donors like Margo, the institute is preparing for a system-wide expansion to give more patients the same kind of high-quality care she’s experienced.
Margo’s husband, David Sears, died in 2004. She met her current husband, John Herrington, in 2008. They were drawn together by their mutual interest in Native American history and culture.
Margo is the co-author of A Little Bit of Wisdom: Conversations With a Nez Perce Elder, a memoir of Horace Axtell, an elder and spiritual leader of the Nez Perce tribe. John is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and in 2002 became the first astronaut enrolled in a Native American tribe to fly in space, when he travelled to the International Space Station on the Shuttle Endeavour.
Margo met John when he spoke to the Nez Perce tribe during a long-distance bicycle ride to promote science and math education for Native American students.
On each trip they’ve made to Legacy Good Samaritan, Margo feels like her needs and comfort were the top priorities for everyone she encountered.
“The doctors, the nurses and the support staff here are all trained to put the patient first,” she says. “They gave me a second chance. I don’t know if I would have had that at another hospital.”
She is especially grateful for the care she received from Dr. Van Ho and Dr. Joe Frankhouse, the medical director of colorectal surgery at Good Samaritan.
“Those two,” she says, “should be given the key to the city.”