My personal connection with Americares dates back to 1984, and I've had many opportunities since then to advocate for this amazing organization. Several key experiences have deepened my passion for Americares; among the most memorable are trips during which I was able to see Americares powerful impact.
At the close of the Airlift Benefit, one of Americares key fundraising events, a small group of supporters boards a plane for a 24-hour whirlwind tour through a country where Americares has helped to improve access to critically needed health care.
I was fortunate to travel on six of these trips—to Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. I saw how carefully Americares manages its donation processes and it was inspirational to meet the people and organizations that rely on Americares for medical and humanitarian aid. We visited hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages and clinics and were always welcomed with gratitude and smiles.
I recently retired after more than 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry, and my wife and I have begun reviewing our charitable plans. As we consider the organizations to include in our wills, Americares holds a special place in my heart.
We chose to leave a gift in our estate for Americares because it touches so many lives, here and abroad, and does so with remarkable efficiency. Over the years, I have met many Americares employees and can attest they are highly motivated, professional and personally committed.
It feels good to support people who are truly making the world a better place. That's why Americares is at the top of our list of charities to support in the future.
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