Memorial Sloan Kettering

October 2018 Newsletter

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A Family Tradition of Giving Whether they occur year-round or during the holidays, family traditions help deepen relationships across generations—especially family traditions focused on philanthropy. Giving to others can bring parents, children, and grandparents together for a common cause. They decide what issues the family values and then work together to make a difference. This close collaboration with loved ones can make helping others even more rewarding. Here's how to start your tradition: » Begin early: Encourage small children to donate their toys or participate in a simple charitable activity. As they grow, encourage youth to talk about their interests. Accept that their idea of giving back may differ from yours. » Volunteer together: When family visits this holiday season, arrange a family volunteer opportunity instead of dinner out. It's a great way to see firsthand who or what your giving supports. Plus, making a difference together feels good. PAGE 2 Reflecting on the Future | Fall 2018 » Craft a family vision: Encourage family members to talk about their giving goals. Solicit input from everyone. Then, together decide how, where, and why you will give. » Be flexible: Periodically, review your family vision for philanthropy. Does it still resonate? Does it need a makeover? Adjust your goals to changing priorities. Create a Tradition That Lasts Extend your tradition of giving beyond your lifetime— and set an example for future generations—with a gift from your will to MSK. Contact our Planned Giving staff at 800-688-1827 for details. One way for families to join the fight against cancer is Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer, an annual walkathon in Central Park. One hundred percent of every dollar raised goes to pediatric cancer research at MSK, where more kids are treated than anywhere else. BY THE NUMBERS MSK is dedicated to high-quality research and patient care. Therapeutic clinical trials led by MSK in one year Types of cancer treated at MSK 1,113 400

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