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Ginny and Marc PackinDedicated volunteers make legacy gift after decades of involvement
After Ginny and Marc Packin moved to Western Massachusetts from New Jersey in 1990, they quickly became involved in the area’s active fundraising community for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, led by Barbara and Jim Sadowsky, Dana-Farber Trustees and co-chairs of the Dana-Farber Society (DFS).
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Fred ReaganBequest creates legacy to conquer cancer for active supporter
Fred Reagan is a strong supporter of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's mission to conquer cancer. He is a dedicated walker in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, and a volunteer for the Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon. And, with a gift to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund in his will, Fred's legacy will continue his support of the fight against cancer. 
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Roger PaschkeBeneficiary designation is a smart financial decision that helps fight cancer
For Roger Paschke, naming Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund as a beneficiary of his retirement fund was an easy way to support an organization deeply important to him, and to honor his older sister and stem cell donor, Riley McMahon. Roger was successfully treated for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and received Riley’s donated stem cells through a transplant at Dana-Farber in 2005. 
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The BobruffsCharitable Gift Annuity is a gift that pays income for life and gives back
As physicians trained in Boston, Martha and Arthur “Art” Bobruff always knew of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Their knowledge of Dana-Farber drastically changed in 1997 when their 22-year-old son, David, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
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Joanne JacobsCharitable Remainder Trust is a unique giving opportunity
Joanne and Irwin “Jake” Jacobs were grateful for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute when Jake underwent treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1987. “We received a tremendous amount of care and it was so encouraging to us,” Joanne says. “Jake’s Dana-Farber team answered every question we had.”
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Emily KneenInspired by her daughter, Emily Kneen gift makes a difference at Dana-Farber and benefits family
While Emily Kneen was devastated by the loss of her daughter, she was also determined to honor her memory and make something positive out of her incredible fight against cancer. Kneen set the wheels in motion to make a lifetime commitment to Dana-Farber by contributing to the Julie K. Brown Memorial Fund, which Brown’s husband established to support breast cancer research.
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Judy MurrayThoughtful gift of real estate recognizes exemplary care and research
As a nurse practitioner and passionate patient advocate, Judy Murray, RN, MSN, NP, spent much of her career helping others get the care they needed. She was inquisitive, committed, and tireless in seeking the highest standard of health care possible—whether it was through her job or for family and friends.
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Patti KeenanA "social investment" in the future of cancer research and patient care
Giving back is important to Patti Keenan and her family. For Patti, it is an “honor and a privilege” to give to a cause close to her heart, and she and her husband, Matt, want their three children to feel the same way about making an impact through giving.
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Bill MachanicBill Machanic honors his wife's legacy by giving back
From the moment Bill Machanic’s wife, Mary Ann, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and they met with Dr. Neil Horowitz, they knew they were in good hands. Throughout her two-year treatment, Machanic and his wife became deeply connected to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and found its dedication to total patient care overwhelmingly comforting.
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Marilyn SilvaCharitable Gift Annuity from lifelong Red Sox fan helps strike out cancer
The Red Sox have not only been a source of entertainment for Marilyn (Matthes) Silva, but also one of inspiration: the team’s partnership with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund for the last 60 years led her to establish a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) to benefit Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund’s ultimate mission to end cancer.
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 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 bequeath to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts [ _____ dollars or _____ percent of my total or residual estate."]

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 Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund 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 Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund 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 Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund 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 Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund where you agree to make a gift to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund 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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