A Plan to Give Back

April 16, 2019

Ever since Duke Cancer Institute helped Meg Lindenberger survive breast cancer 10 years ago, she and her husband, Bill, have been faithful supporters.

“The Bible tells us that what we own on earth doesn't really belong to us. We believe that,” Meg says.

Duke also helped their daughter, Kim, through a breast cancer scare and a decision to have preventive surgery.

“Kim acted preemptively and courageously choosing her surgery,” Bill says. “Dr. Randall Scheri talked with Kim and questioned her to make sure she clearly understood her decision. This is what good doctors do.”

Most recently, the Lindenbergers established a charitable remainder unitrust using Individual Retirement Accounts. This gift provides a tax deduction and income payments to the couple and their daughter, while providing future support for cancer research at Duke.

“We minimize taxes and maximize the amount of money that will go to Duke,” Bill says. “It gives us a peace of mind that our trust assets will be invested with Duke University’s $8.5 billion endowment.”

“We just can't give enough thanks to Duke,” Meg says. “We feel it's important for our money to go to cancer research.”

This article appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Breakthroughs, a magazine produced twice yearly by Duke Cancer Institute Office of Development. Subscribe to Breakthroughs. To learn more about planned giving to Duke Cancer Institute, please contact Executive Director of Development Michelle Cohen via email or phone: 919.385.3124.