Lifetime Legacy Society

Founding Members

A Mother’s Love

Edi Pollaert and family

“No mother wants to see their child hurt, sick or in pain. Edi Pollaert, a new member of Komen’s Lifetime Legacy Society, had to be a very strong woman to go through all of that, three times.” Read more

No mother wants to see their child hurt, sick or in pain. Edi Pollaert, a new member of Komen’s Lifetime Legacy Society, had to be a very strong woman to go through all of that, three times. Her two older daughters fought breast cancer and underwent double mastectomies, while the youngest had preemptive surgery due to her increased risks.

Genetic testing revealed that Edi’s late husband’s family are carriers and sufferers of Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), which can cause severe intellectual impairment and developmental delays. Edi shared that “through God’s blessing [her] late husband and three daughters did not have the full-blown syndrome, but they were all found to be carriers, and the effects of this rather unknown condition were still devastating.”

Edi’s late husband developed Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS) which causes symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease. As carriers of FXS, Edi’s daughters were all at an increased risk for early menopause and breast cancer, something that was discovered relatively recently. Thankfully, all of Edi’s daughters are now doing well and have not had their cancer return. Because of Edi’s thankfulness for the excellent care her daughters have received, she now wants to pay it forward and help other women in this fight.

Her planned gift will make a real difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer, and we are deeply appreciative of her generosity.

Leaving a Legacy of Hope

Please consider joining Edi as a Founding Member of our Lifetime Legacy Society by naming Komen as a beneficiary of your will, trust, IRA, retirement plan or life insurance policy. Your gift will provide critical support to those facing breast cancer and help further our shared vision to end breast cancer forever.

If you have already named Komen in your estate plan or would like to learn more, please contact Komen Development Department at 1-877-465-6636 or plannedgiving@komen.org.

Planned Giving is Easier than Most People Think

Lacey Wicks

“The biggest misconception about estate planning is that you have to be wealthy to leave money to an organization. The reality is that you can leave a set amount or a portion of your estate, no matter the amount. Every little bit helps move the mission forward.” Read more

Lacey Wicks has a long and deeply personal relationship with Susan G. Komen. As a volunteer, Race for the Cure participant and former employee, Lacey shared that, “Komen is a wonderful organization and is truly a part of my life.”

After Lacey’s grandmother passed away from breast cancer, she wanted to learn more about the disease and turned to Komen. Lacey’s mother and aunt were also both diagnosed with breast cancer years later but are thankfully now both breast cancer survivors. Lacey credits their good health to “research and advocacy done by Komen.” Lacey has also personally put the information she learned from Komen to good use and shared that she has “been performing [breast] self-exams since her 20s and started receiving early mammograms in her 30s.”

After participating in a meeting regarding planned giving through her job, Lacey realized that she needed to “take action.” To honor the women in her life who have been touched by this disease, Lacey decided to make a future gift to Komen. Lacey noted that, “planned giving is easier than most people think.” She further shared that she, “thinks the biggest misconception about estate planning is that you have to be wealthy to leave money to an organization. The reality is that you can leave a set amount or a portion of your estate, no matter the amount. Every little bit helps move the mission forward.”

We cannot thank Lacey enough for her longtime service to Komen and her inspiring generosity.

Leaving a Legacy of Hope

Please consider joining Lacey as a Founding Member of our Lifetime Legacy Society by naming Komen as a beneficiary of your will, trust, IRA, retirement plan or life insurance policy. Your gift will provide critical support to those facing breast cancer and help further our shared vision to end breast cancer forever.

If you have already named Komen in your estate plan or would like to learn more, please contact Komen Development Department at 1-877-465-6636 or plannedgiving@komen.org.

Honoring a Loved One

Michael and Arlene Niskar

Michael Niskar recently shared that, “it feels nice knowing that after I’m gone, my small gesture of supporting Komen will hopefully make the person who was and is my hero in life a little proud — my mom.” Read more

After recently making a generous planned gift to Susan G. Komen by noting the organization as a beneficiary of his life insurance policy, Michael Niskar shared that, “it feels nice knowing that after I’m gone, my small gesture of supporting Komen will hopefully make the person who was and is my hero in life a little proud — my mom.”

In remembering his mother and her lasting impact on his life, Michael noted that, “she was the most loving, selfless and giving person I’ve ever known, and I was lucky enough to have her as my mom.” Michael’s mother, Arlene Niskar, was a strong supporter of Komen, and after losing her best friend, Vivian, to breast cancer, felt strongly about our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

Honoring his mother and setting up his planned gift was even easier than Michael expected. He shared that a simple call to his insurance agent allowed him to easily note Komen as a beneficiary of his policy. He further encouraged others that, “regardless of your financial status…contact a knowledgeable insurance agent or estate planner to see about helping with your individual situation.”

Michael concluded by adding that Komen’s work can be summed up in one word, “HOPE.” “Komen has made so much progress over the years and it feels nice to see how much hope you give to families around the world providing a comfort that would otherwise not be there.”

We are so appreciative of Michael’s support and deeply honored to have the opportunity to recognize Arlene Niskar’s legacy of generosity and hope.

Leaving a Legacy of Hope

Please consider joining Michael as a Founding Member of our Lifetime Legacy Society by naming Komen as a beneficiary of your will, trust, IRA, retirement plan or life insurance policy. Your gift will provide critical support to those facing breast cancer and help further our shared vision to end breast cancer forever.

If you have already named Komen in your estate plan or would like to learn more, please contact Komen Development Department at 1-877-465-6636 or plannedgiving@komen.org.

Helping Others Win the Fight

Sue and Skip McGoun

Sue and Skip McGoun were recently inspired “to make a bequest to Susan G. Komen [in memory of] two beloved relatives whom Sue lost to cancer.” Read more

Creating your legacy to honor a loved one whose life has been impacted by breast cancer will make a difference in the lives of those facing this disease in the future. Sue and Skip McGoun were recently inspired “to make a bequest to Susan G. Komen [in memory of] two beloved relatives whom Sue lost to cancer.”

In remembering her family, Sue shared that her “Grandmother, Charlotte Gaouette, survived colon and ovarian cancer twice, only to succumb to it the third time in 1982 at the age of 89” and her “cousin, Ginny Plourde…endured breast cancer, numerous treatments and surgeries until it spread, causing her departure in 2017 at the age of 78.”

Sue and Skip feel strongly about supporting Komen’s research investment, because although they believe that “all areas of Komen’s work [are] important…[they] support research because of the hope that new treatments and cures will be discovered.” Sue’s relatives were “strong in their fight against cancer and did everything they could to win the fight.” In remembering their family, Sue and Skip added that, “While their fight is over, we hope our donation to Komen will help others to win. We believe in and greatly admire all the work that Komen does to help those fighting cancer and for families who have lost loved ones.”

We are so thankful for the McGoun’s generous support which will allow Komen to continue “its efforts in finding cures to end this disease once and for all.”

Your Gift Ensures Hope for the Future

Please consider joining the McGoun’s and honor someone special in your life by leaving a lasting legacy of hope. You can provide critical support for those facing breast cancer by naming Susan G. Komen as a beneficiary of your will, trust, IRA, retirement plan or life insurance policy. Gifts of any size — large or small — make a major impact on our work.

If you have already named Komen in your estate plan or would like to learn more, please contact Komen Development Department at 1-877-465-6636 or plannedgiving@komen.org.

Support For Those Facing Breast Cancer

Barbara and her mother, Fran

Although Barbara Frances Boston-Rodriguez had known about Susan G. Komen for a long time, her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis is what really inspired her interest in our mission to save lives. Read more

Although Barbara Frances Boston-Rodriguez had known about Susan G. Komen for a long time, her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis is what really inspired her interest in our mission to save lives.

During a recent conversation with Barbara, she shared that her mother was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer while her father was already battling pancreatic cancer, and the situation really “rocked” her. Barbara is so thankful to her mother’s doctor who recommended having the tumor biopsied right away. They discovered that the cancer was very aggressive and were able to start treatment immediately.

When it came time to start thinking about her estate plan, Barbara turned to an online resource to help create her will. She noted that the site was very detailed and user friendly, but also recommends to others to have a “lawyer review the will you create to make sure you are following [your] state’s requirements.”

In considering non-profits to include in her will, Komen felt like a natural fit. Komen’s mission resonates strongly with Barbara, as she has lost two grandparents to cancer, and as noted above, both of her parents also battled various forms of the disease. Barbara knows that she and her two daughters have an increased risk, but by supporting Komen, she will help further research that will find cures and provide vital services to patients in need well into the future.

Leaving a Legacy of Hope

Consider joining Barbara as a Founding Member of our Lifetime Legacy Society by naming Komen as a beneficiary of your will, trust, IRA, retirement plan or life insurance policy. Your gift will provide critical support to those facing breast cancer and help further our shared vision to end breast cancer forever.

If you have already named Komen in your estate plan or would like to learn more, please contact Komen Development Department at 1-877-465-6636 or plannedgiving@komen.org.

Giving So That All May Receive

Susan and John Dorr

When asked why they support Susan G. Komen, John and Susan Dorr said, “It is because of the excellent awareness that is provided and, most important, for the research to prevent breast cancer.” The Dorrs choose to support Komen’s mission through their estate plan. Read more

When asked why they support Susan G. Komen, John and Susan Dorr said, “It is because of the excellent awareness that is provided and, most important, for the research to prevent breast cancer.” The Dorrs choose to support Komen’s mission through their estate plan.

“We have seen numerous issues that arise when families don’t have an estate plan or will, so we decided many years ago to prepare our plan and wills,” the couple said. “We also prefer to make the appropriate decisions on our estate plan while we are still healthy and knowledgeable.”

Specifically, the Dorrs give through an individual retirement account (IRA), which provides added benefits. “I learned that I could gain some additional benefits if I directed our donations from my IRA account,” said John. “We had our tax accountant review and advise us on how to proceed. We determined how much we needed to use for our future lifestyle and then we assessed the impact of direct giving on our taxes. It is an easy process.”

And finally, the couple added, “God has blessed all of us with various levels of material and monetary wealth, no matter how large or small. It is ours to manage and use while we are living this life. We can share our blessings with others and help the future generations, whether family or not.”

We are so thankful for our friends John and Susan Dorr.

Your Gift Ensures Hope for the Future

We would love to hear from you if you have named Susan G. Komen in your estate plan. Contact Komen Development Department at 1-877-465-6636 or plannedgiving@komen.org to let us know about your long-term commitment to end breast cancer.


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