After Akron Children’s Hospital provided life-saving care to their grandson, Bill and Jo Wooldredge decided to give thanks and give back through a charitable gift annuity.
In November 2013, Evan Wooldredge’s body unexpectedly began shutting down. His parents took him to Akron Children’s, where Shefali Mahesh, MD, division director of pediatric nephrology, swiftly diagnosed him with atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome (aHUS), an extremely rare genetic condition that impacts the kidneys and other major organs and is often misdiagnosed as kidney disease
Dr. Mahesh started Evan on the only medication available to treat aHUS, which he continues to receive at home every two weeks thanks to Akron Children’s Home Care Group. Because of Dr. Mahesh’s quick diagnosis and his ongoing treatment, Evan, now 13, has been able to resume his full, active life.
“We had no idea he was so sick,” said Bill. “He went from complete kidney failure in critical condition to regaining all kidney function.”
The Wooldredges already had a strong connection to Akron Children’s. Both had children and grandchildren who received care there. They’ve also supported the hospital financially, and Bill has served on the hospital’s Board of Directors since the 1980s. After Evan’s experience, they decided to make a gift that would help Akron Children’s while providing additional financial security for their family: a charitable gift annuity.
“The charitable gift annuity is a great gift-giving vehicle,” said Bill. “It provides us with a fixed income for life, saves us taxes, helps the hospital and lets us thank Dr. Mahesh for saving Evan’s life.”
“Bill and I both believe in giving a portion of our income to church and charity, and Akron Children’s is one of our favorite charities,” added Jo.
“Akron Children’s is a very special place,” said Bill. “Our gift will help the hospital continue to carry out its mission so that when other families need help, it will be there for them, too.”