Most of us live pretty simple lives. We learn. We work. We raise our children. We do our utmost to be productive and caring members of our neighbourhoods and communities. Most of us reach the end of our lives without great riches or fame. Yet, if we have lived well, our lives have been fulfilling and full of love.
As we contemplate our wills, we make important choices. We decide who will receive our material wealth – and who’s worthy of those gifts.
Who should you include?
Many of us choose to provide for spouses, children and grandchildren if we have them. Some of us choose to include those causes and organizations that have meant much to us during our lifetimes. If cancer has touched your life, we would be honoured if you would consider a gift in your will. Your bequest will increase the survival odds of those whose cancer journeys are still to come.
We understand that you may have people who depend on you for financial support. That’s as it should be. But if you are able to provide for family and worthy causes, we would welcome your legacy gift.
Gifts in wills – a popular legacy choice
1.5 million Canadians have already chosen to make gifts to charity in their wills. Many noble and generous people have chosen to extend their love beyond their immediate circle.
Your will reflects what you value in life. In writing a will, your lasting words will echo through the generations and will ensure that your final wishes become a reality.
“Creating a gift in my will was easy to do, and it honours the memory of Liz. We have to join together to fight this disease, and it’s one of the best investments I could make for a cancer-free future.” – Frank Noneley
Why leave a bequest?
- A will is the easiest and most effective means to ensure that you fully provide for your family and that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.
- Your bequest to the Society will go directly to the fight against all cancers – we do everything possible to prevent cancer, save lives and support those living with cancer.
- Other than the cost of preparing your will, there is no additional cost for you to make a generous gift.
- A bequest provides the comfort of knowing your assets are still available for you today if needed.
- A gift in your will allows you to make a tax-effective gift, often eliminating the taxable impact on your beneficiaries.
At the end of the day, only you can decide what is right for you. If a gift in your will is appealing to you, your legacy can help end cancer in Canada.