Donor Spotlight: James L. Milam, MD
Legacy Society Member Believes in Giving Back
James L. Milam, MD
City and State: Libertyville, Ill.
Schools: Louisiana State University, Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Dr. Milam is an OB-GYN who is part of a group practice in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Dr. Milam and his wife Cathy, a nurse, have been supporters of the AMA Foundation since 2003 when they donated to the Uniting for the Future of Medicine campaign. The Milams decided to continue supporting public health and medical education programs after their lifetime by joining the AMA Foundation Legacy Society.
Why I feel it is important to donate to charity: My grandfather taught me that there are three great callings in life: education, health care and serving as a man of the cloth. Everyone has to pay rent in this life; everyone has to give something back.
Most fulfilling aspect of donating to the AMA Foundation: It is rewarding to do good work for people who are less fortunate. As human beings, we have to take care of each other. The AMA Foundation does just that.
How I hope my donations have helped others: I believe it is important to do our part to help young people attend medical school. Medicine is evolving and there may not be enough doctors to keep up with the aging population.
What I’ve learned through my involvement with the AMA Foundation: I have been surprised by the incredible generosity exhibited by many physicians. A bit of friendly competition can also motivate physicians to be even more charitable in their giving.
Something About Me Not Everyone Knows: When I was a 18, I worked at a shipyard and on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
If you are interested in learning more about planned giving or the AMA Foundation Legacy Society, please contact Anne Smith, (312) 464-5852.