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When Walter Clare’s wife Lisa passed away in April 2015, the Kentucky resident began thinking about his estate and how he could make a lasting impact on the lives of others. His search led him to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation.
Lisa had cancer and Clare wanted their legacy to benefit families dealing with cancer and the related financial hardships that can interfere with people’s ability to get the care they need. Well aware of the work performed at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, part of KentuckyOne Health, Clare established an endowment fund that will offer assistance to families in need.
“There are many families who travel long distances to come to the cancer center, and they need help paying for gas and meals,” Clare said. “It’s my hope that I can ease that burden.”
Many people believe that planned giving is only an option for those with large estates, but as Clare noted, leaving a legacy to a charitable organization is within everyone’s reach.
“I’m an average person – my estate includes life insurance, a retirement account, my home and personal property,” Clare said. “For people like me, planned giving is a good way to benefit organizations that are important to them. It gives me a sense of comfort to know that after I’m gone,” I’ll be providing resources to a worthy institution.”
This story originally appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of One Health magazine. For more inspirational stories of support and generosity, subscribe today.