Lavner was paralyzed during an operation and was quadriplegic for eleven years before he passed away in October, 2012. Sara was greatly helped by Alan, Fran and Benjy Brown, and the Alan T Brown Foundation when this first happened to Bill and without their help Sara would have been at sea in terms of what to do in the situation. Bill and Sara became very involved with the Foundation and always found everyone a source of comfort and support. She is honored to be part of the Board of The Alan T Brown Foundation and hopes that she can give back some of what she has received. Bill would have been very proud that she will be taking his place on the Board.