Honoring a Loved One Through a Charitable Gift Annuity: Paul Stewart
There are many wonderful reasons Paul Stewart supports Children's Mercy. One of the most important is named Jessie.
On Sunday, Aug. 13, 1978, Jessie Anne Griffey, the granddaughter of Paul and Virginia Stewart and daughter of Monte and Susan Griffey, was born with a nasofrontal encephalocele—a protrusion of brain tissue through a congenital fissure in the skull.
North Kansas City Hospital pediatrician Joachim Brill, MD told Jessie's parents that he was unable to correct the deformity, but he would find someone who could. After several hours, Dr. Brill delivered on his promise and said Children's Mercy was ready and waiting for Jessie. With Jessie in her father's arms, Dr. Brill drove them to Children's Mercy and stayed with them until Jessie was checked in and that her surgery was scheduled.
Children's Mercy neurosurgeon Fred Fowler, MD, performed a very successful corrective procedure. After a 10-day stay at the hospital, outpatient therapy and several follow-up treatments, Jessie is a healthy and active 37-year-old living in Kearney, Missouri today.
The generosity and loving care provided by Children's Mercy inspired Paul and Virginia Stewart to become financial supporters of the hospital. They had both grown up during the Great Depression and knew what it was like to be poor and in need. They decided that when they had the means, they would give back to help other families.
After Virginia's death in 2002, Paul was looking for a way to honor her life and continue their financial support of Children's Mercy. An employee of the hospital and long-time friend suggested a Children's Mercy charitable gift annuity. Paul liked the guaranteed lifetime income, as well as the tax benefits that a gift annuity provided him. Equally important to him was the future support it would provide to the hospital.
Since that initial conversation, Paul has bought a Children's Mercy charitable gift annuity in each of the past 14 years.
“I cannot think of a better way to honor Virginia, and to say thanks to Children's Mercy.”
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