It isn't often that a husband gets to fulfill a wife's dying wish as passionately and successfully as Terry Eagan has over the past decade with the introduction of Mary Eagan Healing Gardens to hospitals in cities in Massachusetts and Ontario.
Mary Eagan succumbed to leukemia in 1992 but, before she passed away, she told her loving husband Terry that she'd like to see a garden built for the use and comfort of future cancer patients who were stuck inside in sterile environments and yearned for a taste of nature.
"She wanted to see trees, flowers and birds," Eagan told Samaritanmag over coffee at a Toronto restaurant during a recent visit from his hometown of Waltham, Mass. "While science was working towards curing her, it would have been very invigorating for her to get outside and get some nature. That was her wish, which gave me the original motivation that this all stemmed from."
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