Memorial Sloan Kettering

April 2014 Newsletter

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cancer to save the lives of more than 85 percent of patients with ALL. Ready to Run Aubrey's relationship with MSK did not end when she was cured. While in college, Aubrey began running. When she registered to run the New York City Marathon in 1992, she received a mailing from Fred Lebow, president of the New York Road Runners and co-founder of the marathon. Mr. Lebow was being treated at MSK for brain cancer at the time and was encouraging runners to collect donations to benefit cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. This remarkable idea became the inspiration for the establishment in 1995 of Fred's Team, the first official fundraising team of the New York City Marathon. Inspired to Share Before receiving Mr. Lebow's letter, Aubrey had not talked about her own experience with cancer, but the letter inspired her to share her story. "I wanted people to hear about Memorial Sloan Kettering and my success at such great odds, so they could understand the tangible and meaningful impact of their gifts," she says. In 1997, The Aubrey Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research was established in her name. Since then, Fred's Team has been the primary source of support for the fund. Aubrey herself has run 30 marathons with the team, raising more than $500,000 for pediatric cancer research. "I run because I'm a grateful and indebted survivor of ALL," Aubrey says. "Every joy in my life I owe to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and I'll never stop running for them." Reflecting on the Future | Spring 2014 3 Simple Ways to Help MSK Save Lives Through their development of therapies to treat aggressive pediatric neuroblastoma, MSK physicians have increased survival rates from Have you ever wondered how to turn your passion for the cancer research and care MSK provides into a legacy that will ensure we can continue saving lives for years to come? You might be surprised by how easy this legacy is to create. Take a moment to consider these simple ways to support MSK through your long-term estate and financial plans. Include MSK in your will or living trust. A charitable bequest requires just a few sentences in your will or living trust and can be modified throughout your lifetime as circumstances change. When you include a gift to MSK in your will or living trust, your estate is eligible for an estate tax charitable deduction. To receive the sample legal language needed to make a gift to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center through your will, simply return the enclosed survey today. Name MSK as a beneficiary of a retirement account. This arrangement is one of the most tax-smart ways to support our lifesaving work after your lifetime. If your loved ones are the beneficiaries of your retirement plans, federal income and estate taxes can erode more than half of the amount they receive from your plan. In contrast, as a nonprofit organization, MSK bypasses any taxes and receives the full amount. To arrange this gift, contact your plan administrator for a change-of-beneficiary form. Name Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, along with the percentage you would like us to receive, on the beneficiary form. Then return the form to your plan administrator. Designate MSK as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy. When you first bought a life insurance policy, you most likely wanted to protect the financial stability of your family should anything happen to you. If your circumstances have changed so that the original purpose for the protection no longer applies, we hope you'll consider naming MSK as a beneficiary of a policy so we can use your gift to support our innovative and effective programs after your lifetime. Contact your insurance company for a copy of its change-of-beneficiary form to make this gift today. " I wanted people to hear about Memorial Sloan Kettering and my success at such great odds, so they could understand the tangible and meaningful impact of their gifts." —Aubrey Adam Barr LEARN MORE ABOUT POWERFUL WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Contact our Office of Planned Giving staff today at 800-688-1827 or You can also visit us online at to request information. Running for Hope Research: MSK structural biologist Dr. Stephen B. Long and postdoctoral fellow Alexandria N. Miller 1 2 3 A U B R E Y B A R R C H I L D H O O D C A N C E R S U R V I V O R WATCH THE VIDEO of Aubrey reflecting on why she runs for MSK. To learn more about how you can support lifesaving cancer research, visit givehope. Your Gifts at Work MSK Pediatrics 10% to 50% Treatment standards for osteogenic sarcoma established at MSK have increased cure rates from 20% to more than 70% Forty years ago, MSK opened the first Pediatric Day Hospital. Today 90% of therapy is delivered on an outpatient basis, allowing kids in treatment to attend school, spend time with family, and sleep in their own beds. Continued from Page 1 PAGE 2 PAGE 3

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