As Dr. Larry Anderson sees it, small gestures can lead to big change.
Even as a new doctor of osteopathy in 1978, he was determined to start giving back to the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, which had given so much to him. Of course, his contributions were "smaller amounts" in those days, but that didn't matter to the young graduate.
"It's important to at least give something," he says.
Today, Dr. Anderson's practice is thriving in Dawsonville, Georgia, and he is a leading advocate and educator within the area's medical community. He serves in a multitude of positions, including as associate professor of clinical medicine at the Georgia Campus-Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and as cofounder and medical director of Good Shepherd Clinic.
Dr. Anderson also is active in professional associations at both state and national levels, having been president for the Georgia Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association. In 2016, Dr. Anderson was honored to be named as president of the national America College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Wherever he travels, though, his giving roots remain strong. That's why he and his wife, Pat, recently completed an estate gift to KCU in their wills.
"Your ability to give doesn't end," he says.
The process was easy, he adds, and now the couple stands proudly with other KCU Heritage Society members, and as 13-year members of the KCU Gold Society, which recognizes annual donors to the University.
Most important, that one "smaller" gift that the Andersons gave years ago has flourished, benefiting KCU well into its second century of medical education.
"You're doing more than helping one person. You're supporting tens of thousands of future physicians and the healthcare of this country," he says.
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A future gift to KCU helps students receive a world-class medical education. Join the Andersons and many others when you create your own legacy gift to the University. For more information, contact KCU Office of Institutional Advancement at 816-654-7280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.