Donor Stories


George and Janet Boldt

George Boldt and his wife Janet are tried-and-true Oregonians. The retired owner of an import steel business, George loves the state he has lived in for more than 50 years and recognizes that being an Oregonian has contributed to his success in business and his happiness in life. “The area has been very good to us,” he says. “We are appreciative of what Oregon allowed us to do and the way we’ve been treated.”

George is matter-of-fact about his reasons for joining the Frank Doernbecher Guild by including Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in his estate planning: “We simply wanted in some small way to give back.” The Boldts want to do what they can to help sick children, and they know that their contributions to Doernbecher dramatically benefit the lives of young people. “The prospect of helping children who might not have much of a chance otherwise is quite compelling,” says George. “We believe that supporting OHSU and Doernbecher is a very nice way for us to return some of the blessings we received being Oregonians.”



John and Nancy Dornan

Estate gift fuels the search for a cure

At the dining room table of their sunny, spacious home in Oregon City, overlooking their well-tended vegetable gardens, John and Nancy Dornan recall what it has been like to care for friends and family facing memory loss. "My dad had dementia," said Nancy. "He was a vibrant man, and the dementia took him away from us." The couple also watched a close friend slip away to the disease – forgetting how to drive a car and grasping for words to express his thoughts. "It takes your independence away," said John. "It's just really sad when that happens to people."

John and Nancy Dornan's storyTheir empathy for these losses inspired John and Nancy to further help people who are facing dementia or Alzheimer's. The Dornans chose to include OHSU's Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center in their estate plans, and created a bequest in honor of Nancy's parents, Bud and Lyda Huseman. "We feel strongly that research is very important," says Nancy. "We hope they will find a cure to end dementia, as well as preventive measures and new ways to help people better deal with their loss of memory until a cure is found."

The Dornans considered many options to create a legacy for Nancy's parents, and chose to support the Layton Center because of their confidence in OHSU. "The doctors and staff are dedicated and passionate," said Nancy. "And OHSU is not just for the privileged few. We wanted to do something that will help everybody who needs it."

The Dornans bequest is an investment in brain health for future generations, says Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., executive director of the Layton Center. "Through their generosity, the Dornans have created a legacy for Bud and Lyda Huseman that will advance our understanding of dementia and enable us to improve lives."

For more information how you can include the Layton Center in your estate plans, please contact our Gift Planning Team.



Pat and Leona Green

In his 25 years as an attorney and partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, Pat Green has helped hundreds of clients make gifts to charity through their estate planning. Because of his work, Pat knows that estate gifts have the power to create a meaningful legacy, enabling his clients to support charitable work that is important to them -- for generations to come. As a member of the OHSU and Doernbecher Foundations’ Gift Planning Council and of the OHSU Foundation Board of Trustees, Pat also understands the importance of estate gifts to ensure a healthy future for OHSU. So when Pat and his wife, Leona, updated their own estate plans, they named OHSU as a beneficiary and communicated their plans to the Foundation. In doing so, they became members of the Sam Jackson Guild and have helped kick-start the Foundations’ joint campaign to enroll 500 new Guild members in the next five years.

“When Leona and I chose to make an estate gift, we made sure to let OHSU know,” says Pat. “In becoming members of the Sam Jackson Guild, we are actively engaged with OHSU. We stay informed and can better understand the future impact of our gift.”