Owner Gary West Fulfilling His ‘Foxhole’ Promise In Healthcare Industry

Thoroughbred owner and philanthropist Gary West recently recounted a promise he made to God during his 10-month tour of duty in Vietnam: “If you somehow get me out of this, I will do something nice for the world.”

Speaking with the San Diego Union-Tribune, West still struggled when recalling the memories from those days at war. He has, however, fulfilled the promise he made from a foxhole.

Launched with funding from their telecommunications business, the Gary and Mary West Foundation serves to “disrupt and reshape the healthcare industry,” according to the article, and has distributed more than $200 million in grants to date.

This year, the Wests have a colt on the trail to the Kentucky Derby in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Game Winner. It isn’t their first time at the big dance, and Gary West insists he won’t get too excited until the Bob Baffert trainee actually steps into the starting gate on the first Saturday in May, but it’s hard not to root for a man who insists he’s not a hero.

“I think most people would do something similar to what Mary and I are doing under the same circumstances,” said West. “So we’re no heroes, but we do hope to be good role models if we can.”

Read more at the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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