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Looking Ahead:

A Gift in Your Will Can Change the Future of Health Research

Do you ever stop to consider how many future lives you change when you donate to health research today?

By leaving a gift in your will, you can have an even greater and far-reaching impact on the health of our community and the world.

Dr. Andrew Issekutz and his wife Marian understand this all too well, having worked in health research for many years. 

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Mrs. Marian Issekutz, Bequester & Dr. Andrew Issekutz, MD – Professor of Pediatrics (Post-retirement) Clinical Scientist, Bequester

The support provided by the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation is so vital, and why my wife Marian and I decided to make a bequest in our will to support the training of new clinician scientists. My research experience has shown me that the next great leap in cancer treatments will be harnessing the power of the immune system to do what standard cancer drugs are unable to do alone—a critical reason to support health research!

Dr. Andrew Issekutz

Want to learn more about estate giving and the amazing health research you can support? Download our legacy brochure below!


  • What is a will?

    A will is a legal document that states your wishes for how your property, assets or care of any minor children will be managed after you pass away.

    Who can leave a gift in their will to charity? Anyone! If you own a house, or even if you have retirement savings, you’re in a position to become a legacy philanthropist.

  • Isn’t that just for the wealthy?

    No. Plenty of people who leave a gift in their will are modest donors now, but they’ll make a gift of a lifetime in their wills. In fact, 1.5 million Canadians alive today have already designated gifts to charity in their wills.

  • Can I leave a gift in my will and still provide for my family?

    Yes. One way to think about your will is like sharing a pie. You can choose to leave a slice to each of your children, another to your grandchildren, and another to a cause you care deeply about.

  • Do I need to re-do my entire will?

    Not at all. Your lawyer can prepare a simple statement called a codicil, to add your bequest to your existing will.

  • Isn’t it more important to donate now rather than later?

    Many donors on a fixed income feel better about leaving a gift in their will, because they know they’re giving a gift that doesn’t affect their current cash flow. With a gift in your will, you’ll continue to have complete control over all of your assets during your lifetime

Further Information:

DMRF has a full suite of online information that can help you along your legacy gift journey. There are so many options for giving and interesting things to know as you explore this complex and exciting philanthropic giving option. 

Click the button below to learn more!

“Without donor support, my lab wouldn’t exist and I wouldn’t be able to do the research I do. It’s through donor kindness we’re able to do the things we do to advance medicine.”

Dr. Adrienne Weeks, neurosurgeon and principal investigator

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“A gift in your will is such a beautiful thing. It’s extremely satisfying to know you’ll be bringing relief – or even life – to someone with heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s or a number of other diseases. I know from experience that the future of health research just keeps getting brighter and brighter, and a single gift in your will could very well save countless lives.”

Gita Sinha, retired professor, Dalhousie University and DMRF Legacy Donor

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It feels good to know I’ll be investing in the health of future generations, especially my five children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren! I also know the important research being done right here in the Maritimes will have an impact on the lives of people across Canada and even around the world. If we all do our part, imagine the lives that will be saved one day!”

Hilda Duncan, Nova Scotian and DMRF Legacy Donor

“My family’s experience proved to me the value of supporting science and research. Given the incredible advancements in medical research at Dalhousie, DMRF was the obvious choice for our gift.”

Marjorie Stevenson, DMRF Legacy Donor

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By leaving a gift in your will to DMRF, you’re affecting the lives of your loved ones and your community for decades to come. You might fund groundbreaking research that cures Alzheimer’s disease, or immunotherapy that could help people beat cancer.

If you have questions or want to talk about where you’d like your gift directed, please reach out to DMRF team member, Carol Murray. Carol understands the difference you want to make, and would love to chat with you about realizing your wishes to leave a lasting legacy through health research.

Reach out to Carol via phone, email or by filling out the form below.

Carol Murray
Manager, Annual and Planned Giving
Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation
Phone: 902-494-8457

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