Continuing the Important Work

Continuing the Important Work

We Want to Know the Work will Continue Long after We are Gone


As the founders of Parkway Gardens, a garden centre in London’s Hyde Park, Peter and Carina Jacobsen are no strangers to community support and a vision for the future. In 1972, the family was very active with three children, Carina’s role as a library cataloguer at The University of Western Ontario and the launch of Parkway Gardens. “We built a house, a business, and a life,” remembers Peter. The love of nature and growth infused the family as two of the Jacobsen children took on careers in horticulture.

Their third child, Christina, dedicated her career to music, as a teacher, youth orchestra leader, and choir leader at her church. Christina also loved gardening. “I remember her helping to dig up the first crop of pansies,” Peter says. Then, at age 37, her parents, siblings and young family were shocked by her diagnosis of an Oligodendroglioma brain tumour. Christina faced surgery and radiation and she gained support and information through Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Sadly, Christina passed away a year and a half later in October 2002. Carina recalls, “It was a very difficult time for all of us.”

When Christina was first diagnosed, the Jacobsen family began a tradition of giving to support brain tumour research as well as programs and services for patients and families. Initially they took part in Spring Sprint, the annual walk-a-thon program, “but today we are able to give in other ways,” Carina notes. The Jacobsens are now updating their wills and continue to include a legacy gift to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

“There is much to be learned about the causes of and treatments for brain tumours. And patient support and information is so important,” explains Carina. “A brain tumour diagnosis is very tough on the patient and the family; we want to support that now and in the future.”

When asked about why committing to a legacy gift is important to them, Carina simply states, “we want to know the work will continue long after we are gone.”

You can leave a legacy like the Jacobsens and give hope to the 55,000 Canadians facing the journey with a brain tumour. Please contact Suzanne Fratschko Elliott, at 1-800-265-5106 ext 227 or by email. Please ask for your free copy of the Gift Planners Legacy Guide that provides important information your financial planner or lawyer can use to maximize the benefits of your bequest. You can also learn about the many ways you can give to help brain tumour patients here.

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Story posted: May 2011

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