A Winning Strategy: Returning the Favor
A Caregiver's Giving Journey
When Dr. Roger Anderson speaks of his late wife, Emily, there is a justified sense of awe. A graduate of Nebraska Methodist College, the longtime registered nurse began her career in one of history's most hellish places—Omaha Beach on D-Day. Her medical detachment was among the first to come ashore.
"She was under fire," Dr. Anderson shares. "That was no place for a nurse who would be quivering. She was in the foxholes. She was handing ammunition to soldiers on Omaha Beach."
In Emily's memory—and in honor of her brave and impactful legacy— Dr. Anderson is a powerful supporter of Nebraska Methodist College (NMC). His philanthropy includes the donation of farms for the college's benefit, generosity that will help educate thousands of RNs. It's his way of paying tribute to both Emily and the value of the nursing profession.
"The registered nurse is the heart and soul of the hospital," he says. "They're in contact with the patient and the physician, and they maintain stability that way."
Dr. Anderson, who will turn 100 in June, spent almost four decades as a general surgeon. His drive to become a caregiver was inspired by his "old Granddad," a doctor who also taught him the value and necessity of philanthropy. The elder would tell him, "If you don't put back what you've got, you're not worth much, are you?"
Dr. Anderson is living that call through planned giving. In addition to NMC, he generously supports Mayo Clinic and other institutions. Whether you donate life insurance, start a charitable gift annuity or set up something like the Anderson Farm Management Trust, Dr. Anderson says planned giving is a way to transform lives, honor cherished loved ones like his heroic and "highly disciplined" Emily, and enhance your own legacy of giving: "I wouldn't do anything except give it back. If you don't return it, you don't win."
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