When it comes right down to it, it's pretty simple. National Jewish Health saved his life and he wants to thank us for it. That, at least, is how George Turner of Canon City, Colorado, sees it. Nearly 30 years ago, George was admitted to National Jewish Health. He was 28 years old and infected with tuberculosis.
George weighed only 125 pounds when he came to National Jewish Health. He remembers thinking, "If life is like this, there's just no point in living." Seven months later, George was discharged and "ready to face life again." Like many others who have been helped by National Jewish Health, George was markedly changed by his experience. "When you're young," he says, "you feel invincible. Nothing too terribly bad can happen to you. Then when it does, you have to re-evaluate. Life looked a whole lot different when I left that hospital. The experience changed me and it changed my values."
George knew when he sat down with his attorney several years ago to write his first will that he would include a provision for National Jewish Health. It had been a "life-long desire" to repay the hospital. Although George is not in a position to make a significant gift today, he knows that he can do so after he dies.
By virtue of the provision in his will, George was eligible to become a member of the National Jewish Health Legacies of Hope recognition society - he is its first member, in fact. George was also given the opportunity to include an inscription in the National Jewish Health Book of Legacies. His inscription says simply, "Thank you for saving my life."
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