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Published: 06/20/2012

Anonymous Woman Leaves Wedding Rings in Hospital Chapel to Help Cancer Patients


Ring donation for cancer patients, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bpt CTBRIDGEPORT, CT, June 19, 2012—An anonymous donor left a diamond engagement ring along with a wedding band in the chapel at St. Vincent’s Medical Center last Wednesday, June 13. The ring and band were secured with  medical tape to a note that was written on a piece of a  bandage wrapper.

The gift was found by St. Vincent’s EKG technician Margalie Alphonse, 47, of Bridgeport,  in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary. Margalie attends daily Mass at the chapel and saw a white envelope after she stayed after Mass to pray at the statue. Feeling something hard inside, the single mother of two opened up the envelope and saw the ring attached to a note that read, “I would like to donate this ring to cancer patients. I had it appraised. My ring is worth $3300. Thanks.” It was signed “Cancer Survivor’s wife.”

Shocked and touched, Margalie brought it toSt. Vincent’s Medical Center President Stuart Marcus, MD, who promptly shared the story  with other administrators. He ordered a check of security camera footage in the area of the chapel, which did not turn up any information on the woman’s identity.

Rings Left In Chapel as Donation To Cancer Patients, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT“This person has a very big heart , and we would love to find her and say thank you, and let her know that we will put her very special gift to good use in serving cancer patients,” said Dr. Marcus. “The fact that she gave us something so precious to her indicates the depth of her gratitude and lets us know that our efforts to deliver the highest level of care to all patients are succeeding.”

Calling the mystery lady a “blessing,” the very spiritual Margalie said she believes God put her in the chapel at that moment for a reason, to ensure that it got into the right hands. “I am so happy that I could be there to do the right thing for this lady.”

Contact:               Lucinda I. Ames                203-576-5550

Wedding Rings For Cancer Patients - A story of gratitude.

From the original post to our Medical Center Facebook Page and Twitter feed, media and news outlets at the local, state and national level are spreading this feel-good story of a woman grateful for her husband's cancer care at The Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center For Cancer Care  .

:: Amanda Cuda at the CT Post
:: News 12 CT
:: FOX CT News
:: NBC - News 30 CT
:: ABC - News 8 CT
:: ABC - Eyewitness News NY 
:: CNN - National
:: MSNBC - now - what's trending
:: AOL - Video
:: ABC Good Morning America | Yahoo News

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Below are the TV clips from News Anchor Joe Torres of WABC Eyewitness News New York and News Channel 8, CT.
~ Enjoy.


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