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Susan shares her time, talent and treasure with Be The Match®

SusanSusan is helping save lives through Be The Match in more ways than one, from volunteering her time and joining Be The Match Registry® to including Be The Match Foundation in her estate plan.

The gift of hope—and financial help

The Presley familyThroughout his transplant journey, John Presley was inspired by his son, Max, who gave him hope. The Presleys want to extend that hope to other families through a fund providing financial support.

Playing the hand you are dealt

Jan FisherJan Fisher, a professional poker player, is committed to providing support to Be The Match® so that families can focus on what matters most—time together and healing.

Committed to Be The Match®

Lawrence E. Estaville, Jr., Ph.D.A passionate volunteer and scholar, Lawrence Estaville was grateful for the second chance his 2007 marrow transplant gave him. See how he paid it forward, impacting 144 patients so far, and how his legacy is living on.

Be The Match® employee takes supporting the mission to a new level

SteveSteve was excited to join the Be The Match staff because he knew his work would save lives. After losing his first wife to cancer, he decided to establish a donor advised fund to make his personal impact go even further.

Devoted volunteer couriers continue delivering life-saving cells in times of uncertainty

Laura and Dod MichaelEven in extraordinary times, Laura and Dod Michael's dedication to bringing life-saving cell transplants to patients in need is unwavering.

AML survivor makes planned gifts to organizations that saved his life

Steve BuechlerAfter receiving a life-saving transplant to cure his acute myeloid leukemia, Steve Buechler couldn't contain his gratitude. Now paying forward his experience is both his post-retirement career and his legacy.

One patient's marrow transplant journey inspired a major planned gift

Susan and LawrenceSusan and her husband, Lawrence, decided to include Be The Match® in their estate plan after Susan was diagnosed with leukemia and received a bone marrow transplant.

Finding strength through faith, love and giving

Greg and Diane D'AngeloWhen Greg and Diane D’Angelo got married in 1990, they never imagined the hardship they’d face when Diane was diagnosed with lymphoma. Though she passed away in 2008, Greg keeps Diane’s memory alive through his financial gifts to Be The Match®, including a planned gift from his estate.

Lessons of giving back inspire Kelly McQueen's gift to Be The Match®

Kelly McQueen with her familyOften, major financial gifts to Be The Match are inspired by a direct emotional connection. The generous contributor might be a blood stem cell transplant recipient, patient family member or caregiver. But for Kelly McQueen, the motivation for her recent gift came from someplace else—her upbringing.

Passing on the blessings

Michael StewartImagine receiving the gift of a second chance at life and choosing to pay it forward.

An investment in compassion

Iva and Larry HirschWhile in treatment, Larry Hirsch was moved by the financial struggles many transplant patients and families faced. Now Larry, his wife, Iva, and even his children are giving back.

Moore family gift of $1 million to support transplant research

Moore familyLongtime supporters Tom and Sally Moore recently made a $1 million dollar gift to the Be The Match Foundation®, to advance transplant research through the Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program.

Planning today to save lives tomorrow

Gregg Cesario“You have MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome), and it appears to be aggressive. At your age (71), there are just a few choices for you to consider...”

Leaving a family legacy

Goldberg familyPaying it forward is a value Gary Goldberg holds near and dear to his heart. Twenty years ago, Gary signed up to be a on the Be The Match Registry® when a boy in his community was searching for a match.

How one simple act changed a life forever

Nancy Lavenduski with her grandchildrenIn March 2000, Nancy Lavenduski, a wife and mother of three, made a visit to her physician for fatigue and a pain in her shoulder. She received news nobody ever expects—she had leukemia. Her best hope for a cure was a marrow transplant.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Be The Match Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Be The Match Foundation [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Be The Match or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Be The Match as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Be The Match as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Be The Match where you agree to make a gift to Be The Match and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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