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Through Rain, Sleet and Dark of Night…Here Comes Children's Mercy

KeeronBy Brandi Ward, grateful mother

Keeron had been having stomach pains for many months. His doctor had seen him several times, performed X-rays and placed him on MiraLAX. When things did not improve, we were referred to the Children's Mercy Gastroenterology Clinic and scheduled an appointment for March 2010.

But in February, I came home and found Keeron lying on the couch in the fetal position. His color was yellow-green and he was out of it. His temperature was 103 degrees. We paged his local doctor and he sent us rushing to the emergency room.

When we arrived at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Mo., with Keeron's temperature at 104, they quickly started an IV and took blood. The ER doctor told us that Keeron's liver and gallbladder enzyme levels were elevated and he was very constipated. He was admitted. His fever bounced around, but it would not stay down. There were concerns he was unable to have a bowel movement despite all the medications. By the fourth night, it was time to transfer him to Children's Mercy in Kansas City.

There was a terrible ice storm that night and it took the transport team from Children's Mercy three hours to travel those 80-some miles to get to us. But, once in Marshall, the crew moved quickly.

The driver was awesome, keeping me calm on the ride to Kansas City, while the nurses in the back worked with Keeron and kept him relaxed.

Once at Children's Mercy, we were taken directly to a general pediatric floor where Keeron was diagnosed with chronic constipation and eosinophilic gastroenteritis—a rare condition characterized by patchy or diffuse eosinophilic infiltration of gastrointestinal tissue that usually affects the stomach.

Today, Keeron is on several daily medications, but is doing OK. I hope he stays that way.

I want to thank all of those at Children's Mercy who have helped take care of Keeron, with special thanks to the Critical Care Transport Team for making our trip safe and stress-free during that terrible ice storm.

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"I give to Children's Mercy, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Kansas City, MO, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

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A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Children's Mercy or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

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Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Children's Mercy as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Children's Mercy as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Children's Mercy where you agree to make a gift to Children's Mercy and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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