There are a thousand different reasons to include a charitable donation in your planned giving strategy. Annie has a few herself. For her, it is a statement and one that means a great deal to her on a personal level.
“Honey, it’s mom… the baby’s in trouble. We’re at Sainte-Justine. Come meet us here.”
Annie’s relationship with Sainte-Justine dates back to that morning in April 1995. Her sister in law, Jocelyne, had just given birth to Sarah, only 29 weeks into her pregnancy.
That day, all of the dreams Annie and her family had for Sarah seemed to go up in smoke. “There we were, thrust into unknown territory. Sarah came into the world way too early. She didn’t even weigh two pounds. Would she make it through the night? Would she have to contend with serious problems with her lungs, her heart and her brain?“
Those first days were nerve-wracking. Annie didn’t have any children of her own at that point. “Sarah was the first person in my life I would’ve done anything for. All I wanted was to take away her pain and give her the energy she needed to grow and develop. I was at Sainte-Justine almost every day, but in the end, I felt so helpless.”
Annie remembers the compassion, the kindness and the talent of the Sainte-Justine staff members who took such good care of Sarah and her mother for the 60 days they spent in the hospital. Today, Sarah is a wonderful young woman and the picture of health. “I was deeply touched by the professionals who are so attentive to the needs of patients and families. I remember seeing how frantic one of the fathers in that unit looked. But there were little miracles everywhere that filled my heart with joy and hope.”
A few years later, one of Annie’s best friends found out she had cancer while she was expecting. “Both experiences were intensely emotional for me. I felt I had to do something more. That’s when it became clear to me that I wanted to give back to Sainte-Justine in a significant way.”
The morning Annie was on her way to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation for an appointment to talk about planned giving, she crossed paths with a mother carrying her very sick little girl in her arms.
I had already decided that I was going to make a donation through my life insurance, but seeing with my own eyes the influence my choice would have on families like theirs filled me with a sense of pride. It was a sign that I had made the right decision.
In 1999, and then again in 2003, Annie decided to name the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation the policyholder and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. “I chose to go the planned giving route because I wanted to make sure Sainte-Justine would be around for a long time to come. It is an institution that has an impact on all families across Quebec in one way or another. Because of my gift, other children like my niece and other mothers-to-be like my friend will also be able to receive the best possible standard of care.”
The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation’s Future Fund
Every year, many people just like Annie decide to help build a healthier future by including Sainte-Justine in their will or their life insurance policy. When they do, the automatically become members of our Future Fund.
Looking to add a human dimension to your estate planning, pass on your values to the generations to come, inspire those who follow in your footsteps and give back to the life-changing institution that is Sainte-Justine? A legacy gift is a great way to leave an indelible mark on the hearts of children across the province.