John and Kathy Jenkins

Ensuring World-Class Care When it’s Needed Most

While hiking the Grand Canyon in 1987, John Jenkins’ then 8-year-old daughter, Kristen, became acutely ill and couldn’t finish the journey. John packed up the family’s RV and headed straight to Rady Children’s.

Kristen was diagnosed with diabetes. “Her blood sugar was at 537. I remember that number to this day,” he said. “To an 8-year-old, they have no idea what it means. But I’ll never forget.”

John came to rely on Rady Children’s expert care for two more of his children over the years. Through his interactions with Hospital staff, John developed a strong desire to ensure that the Hospital’s world-class pediatric services are always available to those who need them.

That’s why John and Kathy are including Rady Children’s in their estate plan.

“An estate gift doesn’t take anything away from today. But it creates a much brighter tomorrow.”

To learn more about including Rady Children's in your estate plan, please contact Elise Webster at 858-966-7537 or