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Memorial Foundation: Giving From the Heart

02/07/2015
Memorial Foundation: Giving From the Heart

Wes and Brandie Liefer believe it’s important to tell others when a medical center’s staff demonstrates an unwavering commitment to provide consistently outstanding and compassionate care. The couple is doing just that — through their words and their generosity.

Wes, founder of Pura Vida Farms in Brea, discovered St. Jude Medical Center in 2009. Following back surgery the next year, he returned to St. Jude where he found caring physicians who successfully relieved his chronic pain, dramatically improving his life. Since then, doctors have relentlessly battled his challenging medical condition, enabling him to once again enjoy family outings, play with his young children, Jack and Shelby, and enjoy life to the fullest.

When he experienced symptoms of a rare immune disorder in 2013, Wes turned to St. Jude once again. “My condition is difficult to diagnose, and it’s hard to live with an undiagnosed medical problem,” said Wes. “The treatment I’ve received has made me feel considerably better. Wherever I’ve gone at St. Jude my care has been both personal and excellent. Everyone has been helpful, compassionate and considerate.” Wes and Brandie, who delivered the couple’s second child, Shelby, at St. Jude in 2013, have nothing but praise for the care they’ve received.

Out of gratitude, they have made two generous contributions to the hospital so others in the community may benefit from St. Jude’s services. Wes urges others to do as he and Brandie have done: to give from the heart so that future generations may experience the same high level of care. “Supporting our community is the right thing to do,” Wes said. “If someone can help by giving money, or their time — people should give back and support the community. St. Jude is part of the community, and with everything they have to offer, I have no need to go anywhere else.”

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