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Greg and Diane D'Angelo

Diane and Greg D'Angelo on their wedding day

Greg D’Angelo remembers his first date with his wife, Diane. “I’m not much of a talker, but she was so easy to talk to,” he recalls fondly. “Before we knew it, hours had passed and they were turning the chairs over at the restaurant.”

Greg and Diane continued spending time together every weekend. “We just liked being around each other,” says Greg. So much so that they were engaged a year after their first date and married a little over a year after that in April 1990.

Not long after they were married, Greg and Diane would face an unbelievable challenge that neither would have predicted. Diane had elevated white blood cell counts and swollen lymph nodes. After a few inconclusive tests, she was diagnosed with lymphoma and the diagnosis was later confirmed at Memorial Sloan Kettering in November 1990. In 2007, while waiting for a blood stem cell transplant, Diane started experiencing cognitive issues due to a viral brain infection. She passed away in May of 2008.

During their 18 years of marriage, Greg and Diane regularly attended church together. After Diane’s death, Greg wanted to find more meaning in his life through faith and the church. So, he became more involved, joining the church’s finance committee and the parish council.

“I was looking for something to help fill that empty space,” he shares. He attended and later helped out at a bereavement support group at a neighboring parish. “That group had meant so much to me—it was a great source of support.” When the person running that group was no longer able to do so, Greg helped to start a bereavement support group at his own parish.

About a year before learning that Diane needed a marrow transplant, Greg joined the Be The Match Registry®. Since then, he’s given multiple financial gifts to Be The Match®, including a recent planned gift from his estate.

Greg encourages others to give to organizations they feel passionate about. “These gifts were a way for me to not only keep Diane’s memory alive, but to help give hope to other patients and their families.” He adds, “Knowing my gift can make such an impact on someone’s life is very motivating.”

Like Greg, you can offer hope to patients and their families through a planned gift to Be The Match Foundation®. Contact Amy Bigot at amy.bigot@nmdp.org or (763) 406-8725 | Toll Free: (800) 507-5427 to learn more about the difference your gift can make.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Be The Match 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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