This is the story of the Mason family who have given a gift to the IWK so their daughter's legacy can live on.
During school break when most kids are having fun and relaxing, 11-year-old Olivia Mason suddenly began experiencing excruciating pain. After a trip to the IWK Emergency Department, the Mason’s learned devastating news—Olivia had acute myeloid leukemia, a form of cancer that affects white blood cells.
Olivia was immediately admitted to the hematology, oncology and nephrology unit where she remained for six months while she received chemotherapy. During this time, her parents, Barry and Tammy Mason, could see that the support of donors was evident throughout the IWK and they took solace in that during their difficult journey.
“We couldn’t help but notice the amount of people who have contributed to this hospital,” said Barry. “Many of their names are posted around the building and it gives you a sense of community. You are not here by yourself, there are donors that are fighting with you, side by side.”
Along with Barry’s role as Vice Chair of the IWK Foundation Board of Trustees, he and Tammy are annual donors to the IWK Foundation. For Tammy, giving back as a donor was their way to help other families. “I’m not a nurse and I’m not a doctor so I can’t help in that way. But if a donation helps, then that is something I can do,” she said.
Today, Olivia is cancer-free and recently completed her second year of university. Through their journey, the Mason family has made the generous decision to include the IWK Foundation in their Will.
“To give a gift beyond our life is really extraordinary,” said Tammy. “It’s not that we have that much to give, but we know that it doesn’t take a lot to make a huge change. To know that maybe in some small way we can change somebody’s future—we’ll rest easy knowing that.”
By leaving a gift to the IWK Foundation in your Will, you help ensure Maritime women, children and youth continue to have a healthy future.
A life-changing gift can be big or small. You can make a difference.
Your gift can be a simple bequest, a gift of life insurance, a gift of securities, or a donation of an RRSP or RRIF.
To find out how you can leave the IWK Foundation a gift in your Will, please visit iwkfoundation.org/plannedgiving