Serving others with humility and grace
A Niagara couple’s affection for their community is having a big impact on other people’s hearts.
The John and Lillian Clark Fund, established by their daughter in her parents’ memory, is helping Heart Niagara reach thousands of young people with important health information.
Both John and Lillian Clark were doctors, who together shared nearly 90 years of caring for Niagara residents – Lillian as a Niagara Falls pediatrician and John as a surgeon. Both died in 2013 within months of each other; both were 94 years old.
Their daughter, Deb Allerton, donated $1-million to establish a fund in their name, to be managed by the Niagara Community Foundation.
“I was looking for something to preserve their legacy and their memory, not just for myself and my family, but also the memories the Niagara community has of both my mum and dad,” Allerton said.
Income and capital from the fund will be used to support Niagara’s Healthy Heart Schools’ Program.
Through the program, thousands of elementary and secondary school students receive CPR and defibrillator training each year, plus heart health information and a health assessment, including measurement of height, weight and waist circumference, body mass index calculation, blood pressure monitoring and cholesterol testing.
“Mom and Dad taught me that nothing should be done in half measures, that we have an obligation to serve society and they above all did this with humility and grace,” Allerton said.
– with files from Allison Langley, The Niagara Falls Tribune. Used with permission.