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Joined at the kidney

TOM AND MARY JANE LUNDSGAARD
Swedish Legacy Partners and Stellar Club members
Invest in organ transplant research

You can call them “team Lundsgaard”, because they’ve been inseparable since junior high. Today, 59 years later, the couple still does everything together—and their love is just as strong as ever.

Over the years, the Lundsgaards have created a colorful tapestry of their life together, from running a successful business to becoming wine connoisseurs to taking up motorcycle riding and snow skiing. The two love to entertain and spend hours boating. They’ve traveled around the world a couple of times, and have plans to do more of the same.

Especially now that Tom’s been given a second chance—thanks to you.

Twelve years into managing kidney disease with medication, it became apparent that Tom needed a new kidney. Mary Jane never hesitated to offer one of hers. She went through six months of testing, first to match blood type and later to measure the size of her kidney to ensure it was the right fit.

In their quest to find the best care and at the recommendation of friends, they turned to Swedish. Tom recalled that his aunt had received lifesaving treatment for her colon cancer here years ago.

Their surgery went like clockwork.

“On a scale of zero to 10, I would give Swedish a 12,” shares Mary Jane.

Tom agrees. “The care at the transplant center was the best I’ve ever seen. It’s in a class of its own. The personal attention is unbelievable, and the excellent surgeons go above and beyond.”

Of her own surgery and recovery, Mary Jane says it was a piece of cake: “I was out of the hospital in three days and living an absolutely normal life in five.”

“THE TEAM AT SWEDISH GAVE SO MUCH–AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED THEY SAVED ME–AND WE WANTED TO GIVE BACK.” [TOM]

She is also quick to share her story with other potential kidney donors who might be apprehensive. “I tell them not to hesitate. There’s really no recovery time.”

Through it all, it’s the outstanding care they received that inspired the couple to make a philanthropic gift to Swedish through their trust. “The team at the hospital gave so much—as far as I’m concerned they saved me—and we wanted to give back,” Tom says.

Both Tom and Mary Jane believe that the root of innovative medicine is research. So they dedicated a majority of their gift to accelerate organ transplant research and, in turn, support advancements in care for all.

“If everybody gave, that would be wonderful, because it adds up to great care for our entire community,” continues Tom.

Because of that extraordinary care, Tom and Mary Jane are leading healthy lives today and are able to enjoy doing the thing they love the most: being team Lundsgaard.

For more information on how to join Tom and Mary Jane as Swedish Legacy Partners by including Swedish in your will or trust, contact Sr. Director of Planned Giving Ryan Egge at 206-386-2711 or Ryan.Egge@swedish.org.