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No Matter What Your Age, Everyone Should Have a Plan For Their Hard Earned Assets
Amy Wurst has been a friend of Children's Mercy for many years. In 2005, Amy let Children's Mercy know that the hospital is a named beneficiary in her will. Amy, now 49, says it was about five or six years ago that she decided she needed an estate plan. With the assistance of her legal advisor, she set up a will and a trust and found it to be a very easy process. "Everyone should have a plan," says Amy.
She also is not shy to say that everyone should include Children's Mercy in their plans. "The hospital will need support for a long time. You can't go wrong by designating Children's Mercy in your will. It will be utilized well." Amy feels strongly that when the time comes, her bequest will be used in an appropriate manner by the hospital and that is why she has not designated her bequest for a specific purpose. "I trust the hospital to use it wisely."
Why Children's Mercy
Amy lives in Kansas City with two awesome therapy dogs, Cabernet (collie) and Sake (mutt). As one of 20 volunteers with the Pet Pals for Patients program at Children's Mercy, Amy has shared her therapy dogs with hundreds of sick children. "It makes me happy I can help. It grounds me and is the highlight of my week," she says. Amy and her therapy dogs have been a part of the Pet Pals program for six years. They come to the hospital on a rotating basis on Thursday evenings and hang out in the Teen Room with patients of all ages. She enjoys seeing the children smiling, laughing and having fun in spite of their condition. "It keeps me balanced and the dogs love it!"
"Children's Mercy is very progressive in utilizing pet therapy," says Amy. It is a normalizing experience for the children and the dogs bring an extra element to their well being. Amy, Cabernet and Sake also work one on one with Occupational and Physical Therapy patients on Wednesday mornings. They take turns with other volunteers and therapy dogs on Wednesdays. Additionally, if a doctor writes a prescription for pet therapy, they will go directly to the patient's room for a visit.
Besides volunteering her time with Pet Pals for Patients and with patients in OT/PT on a one on one basis, Amy serves on the Children's Mercy Volunteer Advisory Council and on the Advocacy committee. She especially likes it when she gets to bring a dog with her to present on behalf of the hospital or accept donations from groups. She says the kids love to see the dog!
Not only does Amy support the hospital because of its progressive nature, she supports the hospital because of its original mission to treat every child regardless of the family's ability to pay. She is confident in the stability and mission of the hospital and is happy to donate her time now and money later.
Amy is truly a passionate volunteer and advocate. She volunteers heavily with four charities in the Kansas City area and Children's Mercy is honored to be one of them.
We encourage everyone to have a current will or trust whether or not you include Children's Mercy. If you would like more information, please contact Phil Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 701-4339.