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Creating a positive family legacy
John Porter knows the prevalence of cancer firsthand. He lost his wife, twin brother and father to cancer and has been at the sides of many other family members and friends as they underwent cancer treatments. These difficult cancer journeys inspired Porter to name the Alberta Cancer Foundation in his Will, designating a portion of his estate to cancer research to fulfill a vision of a cancer-free future.
“[Cancer] is such a demon, isn’t it? It can strike anyone,” he says. Porter’s wife of 52 years, Virginia, received treatment at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary for nearly 13 years. She was treated for uterine cancer in 1987 and nine years later developed bone cancer, eventually receiving a terminal diagnosis and dying in January 2000. “[The staff members at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre] have been very passionate about their work and their research and their patient relationships. They were extremely kind to my wife, and that’s a factor too,” he says of his decision to include the Alberta Cancer Foundation in his Will.
While Porter makes an annual donation to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre every December, his designation of a share of his estate to cancer research means continued support for finding a cure.
“I thought they are doing such good work at the Alberta Cancer Foundation that it would be kind of a legacy for the family,” he says.