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Franklin Cantrell

Franklin Cantrell

An Accomplished Life…A Legacy Created.

For nearly three decades, Franklin Cantrell created the beauty that is the extensive gardens at the Ringling Museum of Art.

What is important to Frank, 71, is committing to finding the purpose in his own life. Creating a record—if only for himself—of his accomplishments, his stories, his years of LGBT advocacy (highlighted by several articles proudly published in the Bradenton Herald) and his deeds.

Frank is proud of what he has done, which he believes defines him, but there is one more thing that he wants to accomplish for his legacy as a single senior citizen who has no immediate family of his own.

He has decided to leave a portion of his estate to help children at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Frank toured the facilities with his financial adviser and was impressed with what he saw. He went home and immediately filled out the paperwork that would make him a Dream Builder, a designation for those who leave a portion of their estate to the Johns Hopkins All Children's Foundation.

Frank has special interest in the Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute. He is deeply concerned with the plight of these vulnerable children and he wants to help. He also learned that our institute is one of the largest pediatric oncology/hematology facilities in the southeast willing to accept the most acute cases, often cases that other hospitals have turned down.

The chance to be a part of it greatly moved him. Frank wants to leave a mark that will be remembered and appreciated by the families he is able to touch through financial assistance that will provide them with research, education and quality of care that a hospital like Johns Hopkins All Children's can offer.

"I want to share with people who I really am," Frank explains. "For those of us who are sensitive, it should not be surprising that we want to help children. They are the most vulnerable among us."

The thought of a legacy that includes helping gives Frank comfort as he becomes a Dream Builder. For life.


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