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Lawrence E. Estaville, Jr., Ph.D.

Lawrence E. Estaville, Jr., Ph.D., dedicated his entire life to service. He was a celebrated member of the military, retiring in 2004 as Lt. Colonel of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Lawrence Estaville spent more than 40 years serving in academia as a professor, scholar and administrator. Additionally, he was a passionate volunteer leader with Be The Match, delivering second chances to patients around the world through his advocacy and dedication.

Paving the Way to More Cures

In 2007, after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), Lawrence received a marrow transplant that saved his life. While Lawrence was grateful for his second chance at life, he knew not every patient was as fortunate to find a matched donor. Remarkably, just seven months post-transplant, Lawrence took on his next passion project: facilitating student-led registry drives on the college campus where he was a professor.

Within two years, Lawrence officially launched the Cancer Advocacy Movement for Colleges & Outreach (CAMCO) program, leveraging student leaders to spread awareness and recruit their young, diverse peers to join the registry. Initially, CAMCO launched at Texas State University, but expanded quickly to other campuses across the state of Texas, helping reach schools with ethnically diverse populations.

The impact of Lawrence's visionary program has been significant, reaching far beyond Texas. As of today, 144 patients from 20 states and 14 countries have received a second chance at life from a donor match because of CAMCO.

A Legacy of Impact

For more than 10 years, Lawrence served in several Be The Match volunteer leadership roles with his wife, Sandra, right by his side. Together, they consistently demonstrated a lifelong commitment to service. Lawrence would joke that, "Before transplant I was big and brawny and after, I was small and scrawny. But it was the size of the passion in your heart and what you did with it that mattered most."

Before Lawrence passed away in 2018, Lawrence and Sandra decided to honor his legacy in a meaningful way by including Be The Match in their family's estate plans. Sandra made this decision intentionally, knowing how important it was to have Lawrence's dedication to Be The Match continued for generations to come.

To learn more about including Be The Match Foundation in your estate plan, please contact Amy Bigot at amy.bigot@nmdp.org or (763) 406-8725 | Toll Free: (800) 507-5427.

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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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