Sandra Pazanin was a certified financial planner (CFP) for 30 years, advising
clients about their finances and estate planning. “Everyone with some money
should consider charity in their estate planning,” said Pazanin. “I always
advised my clients to do so because it made financial sense.”
When Pazanin made her own plans, she knew that she wanted to devote her
funds to charity, too. “It was the logical and right choice for me, as none of my
close family members really needed the money. Planned giving also ensured
that fewer of my estate dollars went to taxes, and more went to organizations
that really were making a difference.”
We asked Pazanin why she chose Interplast (now ReSurge International).
She told us that one of her financial clients introduced her to the organization
many years ago. Dr. Donald Laub, ReSurge founder and plastic surgeon, also
treated her third degree burns 18 years ago. “Hearing the stories of ReSurge
burn patients always tugs on my heart—those poor people who cannot move
their neck or use their fingers because of their disabling burns,” Pazanin said.
“It was hard to endure what I did, but I just could not imagine what they have
to go through, without any resources. I was happy to support ReSurge in its
work helping burn victims.”
Pazanin also said that she liked our cost-efficient model of teaching and
supporting developing world surgeons to perform life-changing surgeries for
children with cleft lips and palates—year-round and in their own communities.
ReSurge is deeply grateful to Sandra Pazanin for her commitment to help
transform the lives of those who desperately need reconstructive plastic
surgery. Her legacy will ensure that ReSurge continues to serve children with
disabling burns, clefts and hand injuries for years to come.