Leaving a Legacy for Others

Leaving a Legacy for Others

It was August of 1985 when Shelley Fitak first began to learn about brain tumours. It was then that her first husband, Bob Thierman, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. At the time, little was known about brain tumours. In addition, there was very little support or information available across Canada as Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada was itself a recently established organization - only three years earlier. As a result, for Shelley and Bob, life with a brain tumour was experienced very much alone.

Then in 1993, Bob faced a recurrence of his brain tumour. “When my husband came out of remission, it was a very different story,” says Shelley. “We heard about Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and received a lot of information. We felt truly supported and that support made a difference.”

Shelley volunteered to establish the Ajax Brain Tumour Support Group shortly after Bob died in 1996. But her gratitude and generosity did not stop there. Shelley and her daughter Brianne have chosen to honour Bob through a life insurance policy that will, “leave a legacy because the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada was a huge part of my caring for Bob and his memory.”

“The first time we didn’t have that support and to think that other families may have to experience this without Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is awful,” says Shelley. “I like the idea that even now, and when I am gone, the help that both Bob and I received will be there for others.”

Every day 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. There is no cure. Legacy gifts like Shelley’s and yours will help to make an impact on patients’ quality of life and will fund research necessary to find the ever-elusive cure.

Please consider making a legacy gift today that will help for the future.
You can leave a legacy like Shelley and give hope to the 27 Canadians diagnosed with a brain tumour every day. Please contact Suzanne Fratschko Elliott at 1-800-265-5106 ext 227 or sfelliott@braintumour.ca. 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: April 2012

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