Clint Trusty had never set foot inside a children's hospital before he visited Le Bonheur more than 15 years ago. Now he sets foot inside Le Bonheur four days a week for a four-hour shift each visit, 52 weeks a year.
Le Bonheur's Special Care Unit (SCU) is the focus of Clint's volunteer work. "If it weren't for Clint, the unit would fall apart!" jokes Shirley Greer. "Clint is the SCU's backbone."
Because of his experiences at Le Bonheur and his support of the hospital's mission, Clint has named Le Bonheur as the sole beneficiary of his estate.
"Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center not only serves Memphis, it serves the surrounding territory for miles," Clint said. "To see the children come in fighting for life, and to see them go home healthy, is very satisfying. To think you had a little something to do with it, that's extreme satisfaction."
Reared in a small farming community in Nebraska, Clint moved to California at age 14 and lived there for 40 years. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy, then served as a senior materials analyst with Continental Airlines. A similar job with FedEx brought Clint to Memphis in 1983.
A bachelor, Clint has always enjoyed working with and on behalf of children. When he retired from FedEx in 1993, Clint knew he wasn't the type to just "go home and sit." Ready to begin the next phase of his life, he picked up the phone and called the Le Bonheur Foundation.
"Technically, I didn't know a thing about Le Bonheur except that it existed to help children," Clint said. "But I had already decided that Le Bonheur would be the recipient of my estate."
As the "backbone" of the Special Care unit, Clint stays busy doing whatever he is asked to do. He has changed his share of diapers through the years, and he hugs, rocks, and sings to the little ones. If any of the unit's Patient Care Coordinators need help preparing formula or with feeding, Clint is up for the task.
In 2003, Clint received the Methodist Healthcare Living Award. In 2005, Le Bonheur presented him with an award recognizing his 10,000 hours of volunteer service.
Reflecting on his planned gift to Le Bonheur, Clint said, "I believe my contributions will be used by Le Bonheur in a very meaningful manner. I encourage others to consider leaving their assets where they will be put to good use. In my opinion, that place is Le Bonheur."