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Sanctuary One gets large gift

 Posted: 3:25 PM October 02, 2013

Sanctuary One has received more than a quarter million dollars bequest from the estate of a New York surgeon.

The nonprofit Applegate Valley care farm received $260,000 from the estate of Dr. Jeanne Pamilla. The gift is the largest bequest the sanctuary has received to date, said Della Merrill, program manager for Sanctuary One at Double Oak Farm.

Merrill described Pamilla's gift as an inspiration and said the money will help "provide for the greatest needs of Sanctuary One."

"The funds will go towards our greatest needs, which includes providing animal care, education programs for people and volunteers, our garden program and general care of our facility," Merrill said.

The executor of Pamilla's estate, Kathryn Levine, is a local anesthesiology nurse in Ashland. Levine learned about Sanctuary One from her veterinarian.

"Upon hearing about us, she came out for a farm tour to learn more about what we do and to make sure that we were the right fit for Dr. Pamilla's estate," Merrill said.

Merrill said Levine told her Pamilla was "a true pioneer" who became an orthopedic surgeon at a time when there were few women in the field and at a young age.

Pamilla practiced at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where she specialized in helping severely deformed children have more functional lives. Pamilla dedicated her career to developing new surgical procedures for children who required many surgeries over many years. She traveled the world teaching these skills, including Russia and China when the countries were considered "enemies," Merrill said in a press release.

Pamilla also sponsored many gifted young women into medical careers and gave generously to her church, community, disabled veterans and animal care organizations, Merrill said.

— Sanne Specht

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