Sparrow Foundation Grateful Patient

Sparrow Foundation Grateful Patient

Grateful Patient Program

Our caregivers touch the lives of patients every day. Sometimes, those interactions have a major impact on the patient’s life even long after their journey with UM Health-Sparrow.

Share your story

Have you or a loved one had an extraordinary interaction with UM Health-Sparrow that you would like to share? We’d love to learn more about who and what made you a grateful patient of UM Health-Sparrow. Email your story to Foundation@UM

Make a difference for someone else’s story

When you make a gift in honor of a physician, nurse, therapist, department, or other caregiver in gratitude for the care you or a loved one received, you make an impact on the care that someone else will receive maybe even someone you know. Visit UM to start your giving journey. 

Grateful Patient - Tim Hanna

Tim Hanna says he and his wife Debby are forever grateful to UM Health-Sparrow and Oncologist Muhammad Hamdan, M.D., for helping him triumph over stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

They have shown their gratitude through a $100,000 commitment to the Precision Medicine program at the Herbert-Herman Cancer Center in honor of Dr. Hamdan. The Hanna family’s gracious donation is being used to provide cancer treatment for those who require specialized procedures. The gift will have a tremendous impact on the health of the Mid-Michigan community.

“We are forever grateful. We want to give back to the hospital and we can’t think of a better place to do it than the (Herbert-Herman) Cancer Center,” said Tim.

Tim was diagnosed with the lymphoma in 2015. Determined to become a survivor, he – with the support of Debby – went to the Herbert-Herman Cancer Center in Lansing, Michigan, to receive treatment. Today, he is cancer free and enjoying life with his family.

“Tim went through what was a non-conventional treatment. I feel really privileged and special that he gave me first a chance to take care of him. I was also grateful that my plan worked for him,” said Dr. Hamdan.


We pride ourselves on providing high-quality care for every patient, every time. To ensure that we continue to do this, we welcome your feedback. It can be feedback about things we are doing well -or- It may be feedback about opportunities that will improve current and future services for our patients. 

If you have an experience that you would like to share, please click here and share your story. Thank you!