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What a Hit-and-Run in NYC Taught Me About My Legacy

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By – Stephanie Lips

Why should I care about my legacy plans?  I mean, I have nine lives, don’t I?

Or so I seem to think!

Mortality, what is that?

I am not going to die.

I won’t experience Alzheimer’s disease or any sort of dementia.

I have battled cancer.

I won!

What else could possibly take me away from my husband, Brad; my four kids; my three furry friends; and work I love and admire?

Dazed and Confused in NYC

Well…

Not long ago, I was in New York City for a Cato Institute event and to see a few clients. After my meetings ended and I had finished hearing Cato Institute’s CEO Peter Goettler give his closing remarks, I was crossing Broadway at West 57th. The light was red and the walk sign was white.

Totally safe time to cross the street or so I thought … when I was hit by a speeding car. A speeding car with no thought in the world other than to put the pedal to the metal.

Yes, it was a hit and run.

I went flying over the car, hit the car twice again and then ended up on my bottom in the middle of West 57th in New York City.

Dazed and confused.

It all seems like a blur and I know mostly what I know of the accident from the bystanders who stayed with me until the ambulance arrived.  I sustained some bruises, hurt pride and was sore as heck.

An Inch From Death

I spent a lot of time getting hospital tests as the tissue surrounding my heart was swollen. The doctors were worried about heart damage. Thankfully, I have none but I will need some minor surgery in the near future to replace my damaged chemo port once the swelling goes down.

The detective who watched the footage from the speed cameras told me the car that hit me was driving 77 mph and had I been one inch farther from where I was walking, I wouldn’t be alive.  It took a bit of time for that fact to sink in.

I WOULDN’T BE ALIVE.

Talk about a wake-up call!

But this near-death accident made me stop and think! It made me stop and think about what I do for a living … focusing on helping you and me create our legacies.

Secure Your Legacy

None of us think our day to meet our creator is today … at least I didn’t on the day before I was hit by a speeding car.  None of us think we will be in an accident that puts us in a coma, or takes us away from our work, our husband, our four kids and our three furry friends.

But I learned on the day of that hit and run that we can’t ignore setting up our legacy plans. We can’t count on the fact that we will be here tomorrow, or also 100% cognitively able to make philanthropic decisions.

Had I hit my head harder than I did, I might not be writing this. I learned by a horrible accident and crime that life is valuable and we must ensure our values by setting up legacy plans today. Not tomorrow, not next week, but today.

Learn from me. Email, call or text me and let’s make sure your giving reflects your values so you can sleep easy knowing your legacy’s in place.



Stephanie Giovanetti Lips joined DonorsTrust in 2018 as a philanthropy advisor with a general focus on planned giving. Before joining DonorsTrust, Stephanie led the events department at Atlas Network, leading its international expansion to organize annual events in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.


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jim
2 months ago

If you had the right of way and the other person was in the wrong, and they killed you, you would still be dead. The first thing my grandfather taught me as a young driver over 60 years ago – that is what is called Dead Right. Help yourself by looking out for yourself.

Howard MacKinnon
2 months ago

77 mph in NYC? How is that even possible?

Samuel
2 months ago

… my attorney, real meat eater, no compunction whatsoever, he’s one of those Hollywood vampires you see on movie screens, blood dripping from sabre-tooth like carnassials, whensoever he’s smiling at you. Cocktail party one night, talking about a near miss, this kid jumping out right in front of my car, he admonished me, “… I’m an awful, terrible guy. And, I know it. But, wrongful death’s a bargain these days, Sammy! Compensatory damages well into 7 figures, pain ‘n suffering, hospitalization, physical therapy, let alone punitive ramifications, when something like this happens and you tag the kid, consider backing up, finishing the job.”

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