Collaborative Environment at National Jewish Health Impresses Washington, D.C., Donor
Mary Mahle discovered National Jewish Health while looking through brochures several years ago and was impressed when she learned the hospital treats people who have allergies and asthma. As the nation's leading respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health is dedicated to helping children and adults from across the globe and to finding answers to complex lung, heart, immune and related diseases.
Mary, who has coped with allergies and skin rashes since childhood, has several family members who also deal with allergies. Her husband, daughter, son and a grandson all have the condition to varying degrees.
"Fortunately, we have not been as ill as many people have been, but I can certainly sympathize with those who have severe allergies," she says.
Mary gave small gifts to National Jewish Health for years, and later in life, decided to fund two sizeable charitable gift annuities with the institution. Charitable gift annuities provide support to National Jewish Health and fixed payments back to the donor for the rest of his or her life.
"Your funds are helping National Jewish Health," Mary says. "You also benefit from the funds you receive from the annuity."
Mary and her husband, who both teach Pilates, visited National Jewish Health in Denver in 2016 when the couple came to nearby Boulder for a Pilates conference. Her husband, a retired engineer, was especially interested in the genomics research taking place at the hospital. Genomics — or the study of genomes — helps scientists determine differences within our genetic structures. Mary appreciated the fact that doctors and researchers collaborate with one another to help their patients.
"National Jewish Health is a place where doctors talk among themselves and with researchers to focus on finding answers. They bring things together for their patients," she says. "I find that a real selling point."
Mary, who worked for several federal government agencies, including the Department of Treasury, Drug Enforcement Agency and Internal Revenue Service, says donating to National Jewish Health has been rewarding.
"The benefits of knowing that others are getting good care is a good feeling," she says. "National Jewish Health is amazing. I don't have any other words to describe it."
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