For the Love of William

Republished with permission from UNC Health Care
Written by Danielle Bates

A grandson’s care leads Ward and Julia Marslender of Raleigh, N.C., to establish a $1 million bequest that will help UNC Children’s train the next generation of pediatric specialists in nephrology and urology.

Maslander family with Dr. Primack

Ward Marslender, sitting with grandson William; Dr. Bill Primack standing with Julia Marslender and Dr. Richard Sutherland

It’s been nearly three years since their grandson, William, had his last major surgery, but walking past the surgical waiting room on the second floor of N.C. Children’s Hospital, Ward and Julia Marslender remember the anxiety and anticipation they felt that long ago day in May 2012.

“Looking at those families really takes me back,” says Julia, the diminutive lady known to her grandchildren as “Big J,” her eyes reflecting heartfelt empathy. “The waiting is the hardest part, even when you know they’re in good hands.”

The Marslenders, joined by 6-year-old William and their four children, recently toured the hospital as guests of honor. The celebration visit was organized by William’s care team and hospital leadership to honor “Big J” and “Granddaddy” for their $1 million gift to UNC Children’s. The $1 million charitable remainder unitrust establishes the W. Ward and Julia E. Marslender Pediatric Kidney Education Fund.

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Dr. Primack with William

Dr. Primack cared for William in his first days of life in the NICU, and continued regularly as his nephrologist through the years up until his retirement in December

Coming up in Grand Rounds

Date: May 27, 2015
Location: G100 Bondurant
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM

Speaker: Dorey Glenn, MD

Topic: "Fibroblast Growth Factor-23 and Klotho: The Bone Vascular Axis"

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