How many of you were born in Cumberland between 1946 and 1983? This message is for you and all those who love Cumberland and look forward to our new hospital being completed.

In the May 24 edition (Page 6A) Karen Johnson, executive director of the WMHS Foundation wrote “An Open Letter to the Community” saying they have raised over $10 million, more than anyone predicted, and far more than has ever been raised locally. Even so, there are huge needs for equipment and caregiving supplies.

She said that with a deadline of June 3, they are creating the Wall of Honor, “a beautiful wood and brushed aluminum structure honoring donors ... ” who pledge $1,000 or more, to be paid over the next five years.

I have pledged to honor my dad, Leland B. Ransom, M.D., OB/GYN (1914-2003) who delivered many of you! He delivered 13,400 babies between our arrival in Cumberland in the fall of 1946 and when he retired, due to a heart attack and Parkinson’s disease, at the end of 1983, according to my Mom, now living in Greensboro, N.C. at age 93.

I could come up with $200 a year for five years to honor my Dad, and have his name up on that wall.

He delivered many babies at Allegany Hospital, later Sacred Heart, and at Memorial Hospital. I even went with him for a home delivery in Ridgeley, W.Va. one time. What if each “baby” gave $1? That would be $13,400 for the new hospital!

What if each one could spare $10 over the next five years? That’s $2 a year! Given that some have moved away or are deceased, I could make up the difference

So, to those born between fall 1946 and latter part of 1983: Would you donate $10 — or $2 or whatever you can afford — to honor Dr. Ransom?

If “yes,” go to any First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union with cash or check, or make your check out to “WMHS Foundation” with “In memory of Dr. Ransom” in the note space and mail it to First Peoples, P.O. Box 1377, Cumberland, MD 21501-1377.

If you’d like a tax receipt for your donation, send your check with the notation (In memory of Dr. Ransom) to “WMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 539, Cumberland, Md. 21501-0539, Attention: Capital Campaign.”

Johnson and Lisa Hout of the foundation will keep track of checks mailed to WMHS with the note “In memory of Dr. Ransom” and we’ll add the amounts to what is received in the First People’s account. I will report back to you on what the total dollars given are.

Our goal this year would be 20 percent of $134,000 or $26,800 —so 2,680 of you get moving with your $10 checks and we’ll make it!

Because his pledge is over $100,000, Karen tells me they will name the nursery in the new hospital after Dr. Ransom!

What about other well-revered people from our community?

Would anyone sponsor a spot for Dr. Harold Eliason, former pediatrician here, 105 years old last February, and whose name appears every year with instructions for sending birthday cards, thanks to friend Harvey W. May and others?

What about Sue Cerutti, co-manager of the Downtown Mall, who died of ovarian cancer in April 2007?

What about Jon “Wes” Hann, a pharmacist loved by many of us at the CVS (Rite Aide) downtown who died of melanoma in December 2006?

Who else would you honor with $200 a year for five years? Call Lisa Hout at (240) 964-8100 or Karen Johnson (301-723-1476) before June 3 with your pledge and honoree’s name.

Carole R. Holden


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