Dr. John Koza began his relationship with the Sequoia Hospital Foundation in 2012 with a gift recognizing Luis Castro, M.D. as his Guardian Angel. Dr. Koza is the co-inventor of the rub-off instant lottery ticket used by state lotteries, a former consulting professor at Stanford University and the inventor of genetic programming. Today he focuses his efforts largely on a state-by-state effort to revamp the Electoral College in the United States.  

During the construction of Sequoia’s new Patient Pavilion, Drs. Koza and Castro joined a small group for a site tour to discuss the future of the hospital’s surgical and cardiac programs. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Koza approached the Foundation team to discuss his options for a gift in support of the hospital’s future. Subsequently, in 2014, Dr. Koza made a nearly $1 million gift via a Charitable Remainder Unitrust with Sequoia Hospital as the beneficiary. 

“It was important to me to be able to convey my support of Sequoia Hospital while honoring Dr. Castro for his exceptional care,” commented Koza.  “Choosing this vehicle for my giving means that I can express my gratitude today to Dr. Castro and his team by making a gift that will provide for the future of the hospital’s programs. I am honored to know what the impact of my trust will be on the hospital and its patients.”