Memorial Sloan Kettering

47476 K4 Sum20

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I graduated from college with a degree in Medical Technology. A few years later, I made a trip to Las Vegas to visit my cousin. Everything was so new and different to me, and I made the adventurous decision to move there. That's where I met Ed, my now-husband of 48 years, and Las Vegas is still our home. PART OF AN ENDURING LEGACY Ed had been making small gifts in my honor to MSK for more than two decades, but until it came time to sort out our estate plans, I had no idea he was doing so. That was when Ed suggested that we include MSK in our will. For Ed, a bequest was a way to show his gratitude to MSK for making my life as it is today possible— and a way for his love for me to be part of an enduring legacy. I was so touched by his idea, and agreed right away that we should both include MSK in our wills. I saw a planned gift as a way to give back to the hospital and help others at the same time. MSK was there to save me, so I will be there for MSK. After all, without people like us, this kind of groundbreaking research and care could not happen. There wouldn't be lifesaving procedures for future generations—or for us! It's been many years since I was a terrified teenager facing a rare diagnosis, when I was told my leg could not be saved. Even after all this time, I still remember Dr. Francis and the great treatment I received at MSK—and so does Ed. And now, Ed and I can be remembered, too, through our bequest to MSK. It's a tangible expression of our love that will help people for many years to come. To learn how you can make a meaningful gift to impact MSK patients for years to come, contact the Office of Planned Giving at plannedgiving@mskcc.org or 800-688-1827. PAGE 2 A Gift of Gratitude and Love Continued from Page 1 I saw a planned gift as a way to give back to the hospital and help others at the same time. MSK was there to save me, so I will be there for MSK. —Meryl Townes, MSK grateful patient and Cullum Society Member

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