A very personal donation left anonymously by the wife of a cancer survivor at a Connecticut hospital has sparked an outpouring from other donors who want to match the woman's priceless contribution.
The "Pay it Forward" like chain of events began last Wednesday afternoon in the chapel of the St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn. It was there that Margalie Alphonse, an EKG technician at the hospital, found an envelope lying in front of the Virgin Mary statue as she was leaving mass.
Inside was a donation to the hospital, but not in the form of the typical cash or check. Instead, Alphonse found an engagement ring and a wedding band inside the envelope with a simple note attached to explain exactly what the donor intended.
"I would like to donate this ring to cancer patients," read the note, signed a "cancer survivor's wife."
"I see what it is, I felt touched. I said oh my God. I'm gonna try to find the right person to give it to," Alphonse told local ABC affiliate WABC.
Hospital officials, after being notified by Alphonse, were not able to find the donor, despite searching records and reviewing surveillance camera footage.
The donor's anonymous actions have, however, stirred enough hearts to ensure the rings, appraised at $3,300, are not the only donation the hospital receives.
Hospital officials told WABC that other donors have already come forward to say they would like to match the donor's contribution.