A legacy that will help others for years to come

Last year, Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care joined together to create Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit health system in the country. Your generosity will continue to make health care more accessible and compassionate for each person we serve. Here, we’re sharing stories about people, just like you, who are making a difference.

Paul Mickiewicz and his family have been patients of Aurora Health Care throughout their lives—including his mother, Eleanore, who received care from Aurora at Home in Manitowoc County.

Paul graduated from Washington High School in Two Rivers. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Merchant Marines. Following his service, Paul was employed with and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

In 2013, Paul contacted Aurora Health Care Foundation to see how he could include Manitowoc County’s Aurora at Home in his living trust. Aurora at Home has been providing comprehensive, compassionate home care throughout Eastern Wisconsin for more than 100 years.

He spoke of his mother who received care from Aurora at Home for the last five years of her life. He wanted to make sure elderly in Manitowoc County get the help they need. He wanted his “money to go where it’s going to do some good.”

Paul met with Aurora Health Care Foundation staff several times to make sure his intentions were known. During these meetings, he expressed his confidence in Aurora. True to his word, Paul provided a generous gift to our home health services in his living trust, which his attorney, Michelle Birschbach, helped him create. Ms. Birschbach has noted that making a charitable gift through a living trust is an easy way to support a beloved charity.

Paul passed away in 2018 and, as planned, Aurora at Home in Manitowoc County was listed as a beneficiary in his estate. Because of this generosity, Paul’s legacy will continue to live on through a fund in his name that will be used to help people in Manitowoc County, regardless of income, to stay in their home after surgery or in the face of chronic illness.

If you’d like more information on how to make a planned gift, please contact John Holmberg at 630-929-6945 or