Leaving the world better than you found it
Greg Kruzel’s legacy plans come from the heart and the head.
“As an estate planning attorney, I’m typically the one offering people suggestions about how they can maximize their money’s potential beyond their lifetime. I don’t hesitate to wear my loyalty on my sleeve, though: the people I advise know how strongly I feel about investing in Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
I believe in the importance of giving where you live, and there’s no better example of that than Phoenix Children’s.
My first exposure to Phoenix Children’s was going for a tour when my wife was pregnant with our first child. My nephew had been born prematurely about 15 years before that, and passed away at 17 days. It was remarkable to see how much progress had already been made in caring for preemies during that time – and it made me understand the importance of investing in healthcare. Now, seeing firsthand just how much the Hospital has transformed again since the 1980’s shows me that our donations are being put to effective use.
I’ve been blessed to have two healthy children, and it gives me peace of mind to know Phoenix Children’s will be here should they have their own children in the future. Ultimately, I believe strongly that each of us has a responsibility to leave our world – and our community – better than we found it.
Including Phoenix Children’s in my estate plans is one of the ways I intend to do that, and something I encourage my clients to consider as well.
After all, it’s a win-win – you can feel good knowing you gave back, while also benefiting from the tax implications of supporting a cause you care about.
Imagine you’re 6 years old. After a terrifying accident, you were pried from a car, whisked into an ambulance and rushed to the trauma center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. All you can see are glaring lights and the faces of people you don’t know. Doctors are urgently giving orders. Nurses are putting a mask over your face and needles in your arm. You can‘t breathe; you’re disoriented, and no one knows your name yet. Your tears spill over and you begin to panic. Then, a Child Life Specialist enters the room. Everything changes.