John and Page Parkhill consider themselves part of the Carle family-and rightly so.
Page's father, Dr. William S. Johnson, was a physician at Carle from 1961 to 1987. He was east central Illinois' first plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Page's mother was active in the Carle Auxiliary, and when Page became a candy striper in the late 1960s, she and her mother often volunteered together in the Carle Gift Shop or Coffee Shop.
John was born at Carle and has used Carle for his healthcare ever since. His father, Robert Parkhill, served for many years on the Carle Board of Trustees. "His belief in Carle and its important place in the community rubbed off on me," John admits.
Although their parents had known each other since their college days, John and Page did not meet until they were 16. "We met on a Friday, went on a date that night and have been together ever since," Page quips.
When John and Page completed their estate plan, they remembered their family-including their Carle family. The Carle Development Foundation is named as a beneficiary of their estate.
"We wanted to give something back to Carle for the many years of excellent care that we have received over the years," John explains.
When the Parkhill's bequest is realized, the proceeds will be used to fund surgical mission trips through the William S. Johnson Memorial Fund, pediatric hematology/oncology research and education and the Carle Auxiliary Guest House.
Page adds, "We both believe that Carle's mission is important not only to Champaign-Urbana, but also to many people in outlying areas who travel to receive their healthcare here."