Giving Back and Receiving Income for Life

Jerry and Marilyn SenterJerry and Marilyn Senter of New York are long-time donors to National Jewish Health. Jerry first became interested in the institution in the 1970s, because he had family members with lung conditions that caused breathing problems.

“We were impressed that you accepted people who didn’t have the money to pay for their care,” Marilyn says.

Since opening in 1899, National Jewish Health has been devoted to providing care to patients regardless of ability to pay. In 2012, the institution provided $19.7 million in free or heavily subsidized care.
Although they have never visited the hospital’s campus in Denver, Jerry and Marilyn feel close to National Jewish Health.

“We have attended numerous lectures in New York by National Jewish Health physicians and patients,” Marilyn says. “It feels very personal to us.”

The Senters recently set up a charitable gift annuity with the institution.
“We like the idea of investing in annuities. It’s a good investment in the institution and provides us income for the rest of our lives,” Marilyn says.


Throughout their lives, Jerry and Marilyn have had a philanthropic interest in health causes. Today, they are focused on a cause closer to home – their 21-year-old grandson Alan, who needs a kidney transplant.

Alan’s struggle started at a week and a half old when he lost one and a half of his kidneys. He is currently on dialysis, awaiting a transplant.

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