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Leaving a legacy for children

Edith Wargo was a woman with many passions. None, however, defined her more than her passion for helping children.

The Wargos were active members and supporters of the community. Edith's special interest was in children who were hospitalized. Each Christmas, she would arrive at the then University of Minnesota's Variety Club Children's Hospital (now University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital) with a carload of toys and stuffed animals to help the children focus on the holiday and take their minds off their illnesses.

When Edith died, she left a portion of her estate to help seriously ill children. The intent of her gift was honored by her niece, Linda, who after learning the purpose of Fairview's Child-Family Life program, knew it was the area her aunt would have wanted to support. Edith's estate gift established the Joseph E. and Edith P. Wargo Memorial Endowment Fund for Child-Family Life.

Child-Family Life Services helps seriously ill children, ranging from infancy through adolescence, to understand and cope with the hospital experience. The Wargo Endowment allows Child-Family Life to prepare children for their hospitalization, cope with complex medical procedures and adjust to going back to school.

"This gift is truly transformational to our program," says Tim Knaeble, program director for Child-Family Life. "Not only does it allow us to provide critical services to more families; it allows us to expand our efforts to comfort children during the most difficult time of their lives. I wish Edith could observe the outcome of her generosity."

"There are some people who make a uniquely positive and lasting difference in the lives other others. Edith Powers Wargo was such a person," says Linda. "Through this endowment gift, her legacy and her spirit will continue to make a difference for the children. That is what she would have hoped for."

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