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While he believes philanthropy is never about an individual giver, Dr. Rodner credits one individual with inspiring his own giving. The man who founded Associated Urologists nearly 50 years ago, Leo Charendoff, MD, showed Dr. Rodner and other physicians the importance of becoming a physician leader within the hospital and a leader in philanthropy within the community. Dr. Charendoff's legacy continued through his widow's financial contributions and through the physicians he mentored."We all want to support things that will ultimately enrich our own life, our family's lives and our neighbors' lives. The more you give of yourself in terms of energy, time and treasure, the more you become enmeshed in exciting endeavors with wonderful people. ECHN is a good thing to be involved with because it serves us all."or me, ECHN is one big family. When you get involved, you find yourself in a very enriching, interesting family of people who are committed to the community and to ECHN."That's the philosophy of Robert D. Rodner, MD. It helps explain why Dr. Rodner devotes so much time to medical leadership positions and to ECHN's philanthropic efforts.Dr. Rodner has served on the ECHN Foundation board and as co-chairman for ECHN's most recent major fundraising campaign - Milestones. He's been president of the ECHN medical staff. Those and other leader-ship positions have exposed him to philanthropic opportunities. And he has responded to the call.In June 2012, ECHN will celebrate the 10th year of Bike Connect, a major fundraising event held each spring in which about 200 participants bike and walk a route that encircles many ECHN campuses and institutions to raise money for nursing scholarships for ECHN employees. Along with Dr. Alan Krupp, Dr. Rodner established Bike Connect in 2003 for two major reasons. One was to highlight the multi-campus, complete healthcare network of services provided by ECHN and emphasized by the bike route. The other was to help combat a shortage of nurses. In an era when nursing shortages are reaching critical levels, this fundraising event has been successful. In 2011 alone, Bike Connect raised $21,000 and distributed 10 scholarships to ECHN employees seeking to become nurses or to continue their nursing education.For the Rodners, philan-thropy is a family and business affair. Dr. Rodner's wife Alice serves on both the Bike Connect Committee and the Healium Ball Committee. The medical practice Dr. Rodner has been a partner in for 37 years, Associated Urologists, PC of Manchester, consistently makes financial donations to ECHN. The practice has contributed over $75,000 to the robotic surgery program, golf events, the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center and emergency room facilities. The result of such generous contributions and volunteer work isn't just higher quality healthcare. It's also joy.Joy"Philanthropic activities bring in a community of people. That's the joy of it," Dr. Rodner explains. "You get to work with a lot of people who are passionate and derive joy by working in these activities."13

hen she was age 22, Barbara Stephens' only sibling, her 21-year-old brother, was flying his Navy jet over the Santa Cruz Mountains when he was killed in a crash caused by a mechanical failure. When you experience a defining event like that, it changes you for a lifetime, but such tragedies can also teach.Her brother's shocking death taught Barbara about life's precariousness. "In a split second we can learn how fragile life is. My brother's crash made me more sensitive to other people's pain."Ron Stephens, a friend of Barbara's brother, served as an honor guard at that funeral many years ago. Ron also served to comfort Barbara throughout her time of grieving. Later Barbara and Ron wed, had four children and enjoyed nearly 50 years of married life. Until last July 5.Barbara faced another defining event that day when Ron, her beloved groom, died of pancreatic cancer. She gained comfort and strength from three sources that have always been at the center of her life: friends, family and faith. Barbara doubts whether she could have continued living a happy life after Ron's death if she didn't have her Lutheran faith.When You Have Been Given Much, Much Is Expected to Be GivenDespite some rough times, life's been good to Barbara. Her husband, Ronald W. Stephens, DMD, ran a very successful dental practice in Manchester for decades. The couple's four grown children are all healthy and successful. The family enjoyed 40 years of summer vacations on Nantucket and at other picturesque New England spots. Barbara and Ron traveled to China, India, Greece, Africa and other destinations during their annual four-week-long fall vacations. And Barbara has her friends and her church. Her philosophy about receiving all this bounty is simple: "When you have been given so much, much is expected to be given in return."Barbara has lived up to that philosophy in many ways, including generous charitable donations to ECHN. Part of the reason she gives to ECHN is the care Ron received at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center during his 18-month fight with pancreatic cancer. From the nursing staff to the advanced equipment to the facility itself, the cancer center exceeded her expectations. She especially appreciated the ease with which she could consult with the doctors and the personal attention Ron received from chemotherapy and radiation oncology nurses.Inspiring GenerationsBarbara seems to have inspired generous giving among her family as well. Barbara and Ron's oldest son, Joe, founded and ran a Hamden charity event called "Ride with a Smile" to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The name "Ride with a Smile" was chosen because it captures Ronald W. Stephens' initials. When Barbara's youngest son, Jason, got married in February 2011, the bride and groom asked their wedding guests to skip the gifts and instead participate in their beach fun and games, the Coconut Relay Fundraiser, to benefit the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center. Grandson Jeffrey Minicucci gained inspiration from the Coconut Relay Fundraiser and asked his 20+ birthday guests to replace birthday gifts with donations to the cancer center. The party guests donated $440.Life's not always easy. Just ask Barbara. Yet, she recommends not regretting what we've lost but celebrating what we have. She also believes it's easy for us to over-value achievement and under-value caregiving. So take care of others. A wise philanthropist, sister of a former Navy pilot and gracious wife and mother, reminds us that it truly is more of a blessing to give than to receive.14860.647.4753