Legacy Giving


Bequests are gifts made as part of a will or trust to a person or as a charitable bequest to a nonprofit.

  • If you don't have a will. The Leukemia Research Foundation has partnered with FreeWill, an online tool that guides you through the process of creating a legally valid will. It’s easy to use, free of charge and can be completed in 20 minutes. Get started today.
  • If you have a will. You can include a charitable bequest to the Leukemia Research Foundation in your will with just one sentence: “I give to the Leukemia Research Foundation, 191 Waukegan Road, Suite 105, Northfield, IL 60093, EIN 36-6102182, [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

Plan for all of your assets

You may have additional assets not covered in your will or trust, like an IRA, 401(k), life insurance policy, or any additional accounts. These are called “non-probate assets” and need to be planned for separately. Using this online tool, you can log all of your assets, name the Leukemia Research Foundation as the beneficiary, and receive printable instructions on how to set each one up with your broker.

Report a bequest

If you’ve left a gift to the Leukemia Research Foundation in your estate plan, you can use this online form to let us know! It can often be difficult to plan and make sure that your gifts are used in line with your wishes if they are left unknown. But more importantly, we want to say thank you.

Legacy supporters

For more than 70 years, the Leukemia Research Foundation has been helping patients with leukemia live better and longer lives. This would not be possible without our donors who make lifetime gifts or include us in their estate plans. Here are a few of our generous legacy supporters.

The Brandwein family

The Brandwein family

"Twenty years ago, I lost my mother Penny to acute myeloid leukemia, and I made a promise then to continue her fight and rid the world of this disease. My wife and I want to leave a lasting legacy that benefits future generations of researchers to find cures and better treatments that ultimately benefit patients and families."

Learn more about the Brandwein's.

The Martinez family

The Martinez family

“Research saved my life. That’s why I have made a bequest in my will to the Leukemia Research Foundation. I know what a tremendous difference supporting research means. My family benefited from research and we want to pay it forward so others do too for generations to come."

Learn more about the Martinez family.

Gerry Brin

Gerry Brin

"Survival rates have risen and treatments have improved greatly since we lost my nephew in 1978, but the job's not done yet. I hope my legacy gift can play a role in ensuring the needs of researchers and leukemia patients can be met for future generations.”

Learn more about Gerry Brin.


For questions about legacy giving, please contact Kevin Radelet at 847.919.6241 or kevin@leukemiarf.org.