Supply, NC – W.J. and Sibyl McLamb donated a $50,000 endowment in September to Lower Cape Fear Hospice to provide care for those in Brunswick County who cannot pay for it, ensuring LCFH’s mission to provide access to care and support to all, regardless of ability to pay. The donation is given in memory of Mrs. McLamb’s mother, Leila Housand Bellamy, who instilled her love of gardening and nature in Mrs. McLamb. A plaque in her honor will be installed in the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick garden.
“That was my wish: I wanted it to help the people who couldn’t help themselves,” said Mrs. McLamb of the endowment.
The couple has a long history with Lower Cape Fear Hospice. When the non-profit hospice first started, Mrs. McLamb recalled, she attended training and informational meetings at the couple’s church, Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte.
When Mr. McLamb’s sister became sick, the family requested help from Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
“Hospice was available to help us so that she could die at home as she wished,” she said. “We saw how wonderful they were. They helped the family to care for her physical and medical needs, and to be there with her so she was never alone. We saw how this care and assistance was a blessing to the family and to her.”
When the decision was made to build a care center in Brunswick County, the McLambs co-chaired the campaign to raise funds for the building. The SECU Hospice House of Brunswick opened to patients in 2012.
“It was one of the most rewarding things I think I’ve ever done,” Mrs. McLamb said. “We’re very glad to have a care center in Brunswick County; we knew that it was needed.”
The McLambs have a long history in Brunswick County, including involvement with Brunswick Community College, Hope Harbor Home and First Tee of Brunswick County. Mr. McLamb’s family has been in Brunswick County for at least eight generations, and Mrs. McLamb’s family has deep roots in Brunswick County and Horry County, SC.
“We feel that we have been very blessed, and it’s our duty to give back,” Mrs. McLamb said.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community. No patient is ever refused care based on their ability to pay. For more information, visit lcfh.org.