Columbus Monthly – December 2018
Hope Hollow press release – December 4, 2018
Marian Clark will never forget the day her daughter Kelly, age 30, passed away from the brain cancer she’d been diagnosed with six months before. The American Cancer Society had been providing lodging for Marian and her husband William, of Cincinnati, while they visited Kelly in Columbus for extended stays toward the end of her illness. After Kelly’s passing, Marian called the American Cancer Society to let them know they wouldn’t be needing any more nights of lodging.
The woman on the other end of the line—Kathleen Mouw Gough—immediately knew what had happened when Marian couldn’t get the words out. Twenty years later, the Clarks have not forgotten Kathleen’s kindness during their family’s time of suffering and need. “We had never met in person, but I always remembered her name and said hopefully someday I could thank her,” recalls Marian.
And thank her, they did. The Clarks recently surprised Kathleen by making a gift in her honor from the Kelly Clark Foundation they established years ago in their daughter’s memory. They decided to make the gift to Hope Hollow, a Columbus-based non-profit providing lodging, hospitality, meals, transportation, and emotional support for patients with financial need who are traveling to Columbus for cancer treatment, after seeing one of Kathleen’s Facebook posts about her support for Hope Hollow.
They presented a $20,000 check to enable Hope Hollow to continue to serve cancer patients and their families—very similar to the type of support they had received years before. “In those last six weeks that our daughter was in the hospital, we were in Columbus much of the time,” says Marian. “Kathleen always found a place for our family to stay. We met a lot of other families who were in the same boat we were, not having the financial resources to stay away from home for long periods of time while visiting a loved one with cancer.”
Hope Hollow is meeting this critical need for families today, says Kathleen, who urges others to support the organization through philanthropic giving. “Hope Hollow is doing more than providing lodging, gas cards, and food. They are meeting patients’ emotional needs as well, and that’s so important.”
To say that Kathleen, retired since 2015, was shocked by the gift in her honor, is an understatement. “It blew me away that after 20 years they would think of doing this,” says Kathleen, who, in a typically humble fashion, shares the honor with all the oncology social workers, nurses, and staff she worked with through the years. “All the social workers I’ve worked with at all the hospital systems in Franklin County truly go the extra mile. They don’t just make the connection with the individuals and cover the basics or they wouldn’t be in the oncology field in the first place.”
Going that “extra mile” is what made Kathleen stand out to the Clarks. “It wasn’t just that she did her job, it was how she did her job with compassion and empathy,” says Marian. “I wanted to represent the thousands of families she’s helped through the years by recognizing her in this way.”
Marian, her son Michael Clark, and Kathleen met for the first time recently at Hope Hollow. They had lunch with Hope Hollow’s founders, Jane Jacquemin-Clark and Kevin Clark (no relation to Marian Clark and her family) and reminisced about Kelly—who had been engaged to be married to a resident at Ohio State’s medical center and was an accomplished theatre actor on Columbus’ stages at the time of her passing. There were smiles all around. “It was a special day,” says Marian. “And we will keep in touch for sure.”
Jane and Kevin of Hope Hollow could not be more pleased to be a part of this heartwarming reconnection. “We are ever so touched by the generous gift given to Hope Hollow by the Clark family and the Kelly Clark Foundation in honor of Kathleen,” says Jane. “It will truly make a difference in the lives of the cancer patients we serve. This story inspires us to care for and love one another as we travel on our life journey!”
By Alice Duncanson, Gifted Communications
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Hope Hollow press release – April 19, 2018
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On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Hope Hollow received from the American Cancer Society, East Central Division, the Excellence in Mission Award. This award is given to those who make an extraordinary impact on the mission of the American Cancer Society through health initiatives, advocacy or research.
Hope Hollow thanks all those who have and continue to support our mission by your donations, volunteer efforts, and your prayers. Hope Hollow is truly a “we” journey, and could not have been done without all of the love and support that we have received by so many. We are humbled….Thank you!
OACA Past President Kevin Clark and his wife, Jane, are opening a home for those undergoing cancer treatments in Columbus hospitals. This special social event will be held at their beautiful home, called Hope Hollow, and will feature a casual dinner, drinks and a silent auction. The evening will also include musical entertainment and special Ambassadors from the Columbus area.
Hope Hollow is ever so grateful for the past and current support of the members of the Columbus Landscape Association. Through their support they have fulfilled the landscape design intent to compliment the historical spirit of the site and enhance the views from every window of the home. Every effort has been made to design a landscape for Hope Hollow that is warm, inviting and relaxed. After spending a day navigating the hospital environment, the hope is, when visitors arrive, they will feel they have come home.
We stepped back in history to learn about the summer/weekend home for the Meeks family of Bryden Road who made their wealth in the saddle and harness business. They enjoyed their summer home “in the country” north of town. By the 1930’s, the son was managing the property and hired noted Columbus architect Thomas J. Tully to build a permanent home in the style of a Pennsylvania farmhouse. Eventually the property would be incorporated into Columbus and Meek Road was renamed Olentangy River Road. The evening consisted of a cocktail party, live music, a lecture about the home, and a live auction.