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Engineering A Legacy


Many lives have been saved and families forever changed thanks in part to the generous support of our donors.



Engineering A Legacy

The power of resilience, importance of gratitude and impact of giving back

Born in Austria with a vision in his heart, Franz embarked on a journey that epitomizes the American dream. After completing his engineering studies in the early 1950s, Franz sought opportunities far from home. With just $100 in his pocket, he arrived in the U.S., his

immigration visa marking the start of a new chapter. From humble beginnings cleaning machinery, Franz’s relentless pursuit of excellence led him through various engineering roles, eventually requiring him to enhance his credentials at UCLA.

Franz’s professional success was marked by transitions from design engineer to technological engineer, culminating in leadership roles within a prominent Burbank company. Alongside his career, Franz’s personal life flourished. He married in 1961, and by 1962, he was not only a proud father but also a homeowner in the Valley.

Confronting adversity

Nearly three years ago, life presented Franz with a formidable challenge — an aggressive cancer diagnosis. Determined to fight, Franz turned to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, undergoing a series of treatments that included a major surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Thanks to the exceptional care and state-of-the-art treatments at Providence Holy Cross, Franz emerged victorious and cancer free, and continues to maintain his health through immunotherapy.

Franz’s gratitude toward the medical center is profound. “I always gave tens on every survey,” he recalls, emphasizing his appreciation for the unparalleled care he received. But for Franz, mere words weren’t enough. Motivated by a surplus from his stock investments and a deep belief in giving back, Franz made a significant planned gift to Providence Holy Cross. This gesture not only allowed him to express his gratitude but also to contribute to the medical center’s ongoing excellence. “I really appreciate all the tremendous care, and I had to thank Holy Cross for it,” Franz shares. “I’ve never had such expert and compassionate medical care. I am so thankful for what they have done for me.”

Through his support, Franz ensures that future patients at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center will receive the same level of care that so profoundly touched his life.

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Address: 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills, CA 91345
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