Remembering Deborah in her Estate Plans
On a quiet three acres surrounded by mounds of mountain laurel, Wanda’s home is full of collectables, family treasures, and beloved memories of a full and long life with her late husband Jack. Outside the full-length windows birds and deer compete with the squirrels for a place at the feeders, the culmination of a small town life, well lived.
Wanda dated Jack through high school, after which, she went to nursing school and he went into the service. She became a school nurse and Jack went into the family clam business when they married.
She remembers celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. A milestone they say would have never happened, except for Deborah Heart & Lung Center. Jack is now gone, but the memories of cherished years together remain, years that they would never had except for the life-saving treatment Wanda received at Deborah.
Twenty years ago, on the last day of the school year, Wanda’s heart suffered a life-threatening rupture between its pumping cavities. After a dangerous and complicated surgery Deborah’s doctors were able to repair the damage and stabilize her condition. Thirty one days later she was able to return home and to Jack.
Today, she remembers the skill of the doctors and the compassionate care she received. “After leaving intensive care, all of my nurses came to my regular room to see me” Wanda recalled. She remembers how genuinely concerned and caring they were and the special vanilla milkshakes one brought when her appetite was low.
“I can’t say enough about Deborah, I wouldn’t be here today or have had the years I’ve had with out the doctors and nurses at Deborah. They saved my life. “
Through several of the giving programs of the Foundation, together and individually they have found ways to make a difference in Deborah’s present and future.
For many years Jack and Wanda were members of the President’s Club, recognized as providing an annual gift that supported the daily needs of the hospital, the ongoing care of Deborah’s patients and funding to buy the latest equipment. Their commitment to make a yearly gift of between one and ten thousand dollars provided a strong foundation on which Deborah and its patients could count on.
Jack and Wanda’s wish was always to do more. Through the Foundation’s Heritage Circle Society, they found a way to do just that. As they designed their estate plans they included a charitable gift to Deborah. Wanda now appreciates the financial security of having retained the use of their joint assets now, while knowing their gift will ultimately be directed to an organization Jack truly believed in.
A gift through their wills allowed Jack and Wanda the fulfillment of creating a powerful, meaningful, personal legacy that will continue Deborah’s medical and humanitarian missions. Their legacy will give others the gift of life Wanda received and their caring will continue on, giving hope and healing to those most in need.
Contact our Development Department to find out more about fulfilling your philanthropic wishes while reducing possible estate taxes, or providing a life-time income stream to benefit a loved one, then a gift to Deborah on their passing.