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A family legacy for Duke Children’s

February 14, 2019 | by Kristen Ward ‘06


A family legacy for Duke Children’s

Pam and Gery Anderson are forever grateful for the care their grandson, Lachlan, received at Duke Children’s. Lachlan was prenatally diagnosed with what he calls a “special heart,” and after an inpatient stay and three heart surgeries, he is now a healthy, energetic seven-year-old who enjoys math and soccer.

“The team at Duke Children’s took care of us as a family,” shared Meg, Lachlan’s mother. “We had a beautiful experience.”

As part of their estate plan, Pam and Gery included a bequest in their will to support the Duke Children’s pediatric cardiac intensive care nurses and the resources needed for exceptional, compassionate care.

“It’s a gift you can’t imagine the ultimate outcome to, but it will be profoundly impactful and appreciated,” said Pam. “We want to provide the kind of support needed for families when they find themselves unexpectedly having to face challenges.”  

Pam and Gery’s commitment will ensure that future patients will continue to receive the excellent care that makes Duke Children’s such a special place. “It takes a community,” shared Meg, “to show love and support to these children and families in need.” 

“Everyone needs to know that there’s hope,” reflected Pam. “I hope our legacy is an amazing young child who is going to grow into adulthood because of the medical attention he received early – and because of that, he is going to have a full life. That would be the best legacy.”

In addition to their generous commitment to Duke Children’s, the Andersons have included a provision in their estate plan to support Alzheimer’s research in the Department of Neurology at Duke Health.


Planned gifts are as unique as the people whose passion and creativity inspire them to give. Whether you want to endow a fellowship for future pediatricians, fund cutting-edge research, or give a boost to a partic­ular area, planned gifts provide meaningful support for Duke Children’s while helping you achieve your own per­sonal and financial goals. 

Duke offers a range of imaginative giving strategies that allow you to make a difference while maximizing tax advantages and financial flexibility. Our team can help you create a lasting legacy and shape the future of Duke Children’s.  

For more information about supporting Duke Children’s through a planned gift, please contact Duke Children’s Development or the Office of Gift Planning.

About the author

Kristen Ward ‘06 Director of Development, Duke Children's

Kristen first volunteered with Duke Children’s while in undergrad, and was excited to join the development team in 2015. She has over ten years of development experience, including working as director of development for East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine and the American Red Cross Eastern North Carolina Region.Kristen is originally from eastern North Carolina, and currently serves on the Duke Triangle Alumni Board.

Kristen Ward ‘06 can be contacted via email or by phone at 919-385-3141.

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