Skip to Content
Skip Navigation

New "Amy Scholar" announced

Dr. Vu H. Nguyen

Dr. Vu H. Nguyen (far left) is presented the 2010 award by Amy's family, (from left) Margo, Lauren and Bruce Manasevit.

The Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program named its 19th scholar: Vu H. Nguyen, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center. This prestigious award in the field of marrow transplantation research was founded by Martin Strelzer, who lost his daughter Amy Strelzer Manasevit to post-transplant complications in 1997. Before she died, Amy asked her father to make a difference and help other patients avoid her difficult journey. From her request, the Strelzer and Manasevit families formed a partnership with Be The Match Foundation®. Although Amy and Martin are no longer with us, their names and legacies live on through the "Amy Scholars."

The impact of the Amy Award

Amy Scholars receive a $240,000 grant to transition basic research into translational research. The amount and structure of this bridge funding is critical as it allows the researchers to continue with their projects consistently for three years without having to stop and apply for further financial support. To date, the Amy Scholars have received a combined $5 million in research dollars and, in turn, leveraged their awards to secure an additional $34.7 million in post-transplant research funding. Quite simply, Amy Scholars have created systemic change for patients suffering from post-transplant complications.

Dr. Vu H. Nguyen: Making strides to save lives

Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a well-known complication associated with marrow transplants. GVHD is essentially a form of rejection affecting the body, most notably the areas of the abdomen, liver and skin. Dr. Nguyen believes that microflora, the bacteria in the gut, plays a key role in promoting GVHD in transplant patients.

So why not destroy this microflora to prevent GVHD from happening? Unfortunately, our bodies need some of these bacteria for digestive and anti-inflammatory elements. Dr. Nguyen will use DNA sequencing to try and differentiate which specific microflora are important for normal health and should remain in the patients' bodies apart from the microflora that should be eliminated. Dr. Nguyen will also look to identify certain signaling pathways used by the microflora as a means to remove the unhealthy bacteria.

Looking to the future-how you can help

If you're interested in the opportunities created by the Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program, you can help support this particular program today or with a gift made through your estate, such as a gift in your will. You can also create your own named research fund. This is a great way to:

  • Honor a loved one.
  • Leave a lasting legacy that represents your values.
  • Ensure that life-saving research continues beyond your lifetime
eBrochure Request Form

Please provide the following information to view the brochure.

1 person found this information helpful, did you? Yes or No ?

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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

Please provide the following information to view the materials for planning your estate.