“Ovarian cancer is a terrible disease…we never gave up hope that she would survive it,” says John Buttimor, of Peterborough, Ontario.

John and Monica’s daughter, Shelley, passed in 2018 after being diagnosed at 50 years old with metastatic ovarian cancer, stage 3b. Before her death, Shelley left a portion of her estate to Ovarian Cancer Canada – her hope to create a brighter future for those living through the experience she had.

Shelley Buttimor

When she became too sick to live alone, Shelley found comfort living with her parents. They offered a place of support throughout her surgery and chemotherapy, sitting in during appointments and attending support groups and workshops alongside her, as a family.

After her passing, John and Monica would manage her estate, cementing Shelley’s act of generosity to ensure it would make the greatest impact possible. As her loved ones, the couple found comfort in Shelley’s investment in the future of ovarian cancer research and her legacy remains deeply meaningful to them. “Research is the only thing that will discover how to treat ovarian cancer and eventually discover a cure,” said John. “Contributing to the cost of it through legacy giving is important.”

By leaving a gift in your will to Ovarian Cancer Canada, your legacy will live on to fuel momentum and improve outcomes. These gifts make sure that progress continues for generations to come, so that women with and those at risk of this disease benefit from leading research initiatives, vital support and advocacy efforts.

Commit today and your impact will continue.

Benefits of legacy giving include

  • Setting up a bequest in your will is very simple, and you can make changes at any time.
  • A bequest in your will leaves a lasting legacy and provides support in a cost-effective and meaningful way.
  • You can retain the use of your assets and keep your cash flow today, while making a more substantial gift than you may have been able to otherwise.
  • Your gift helps you reduce estate taxes on your final tax return, increasing inheritances to loved ones.

If you would like to leave a legacy gift or are looking for more information, please contact Heather Bunting, Philanthropy Manager at hbunting@ovariancanada.org, 1-877-413-7970 X 221 or complete this online form.

Gift of publicly traded securities and mutual funds

A tax-friendly option, your gift of publicly traded securities to Ovarian Cancer Canada draws down your capital gains amount.

Download the Securities Transfer Form for completion by your broker. For tax receipting purposes, please ensure the accuracy of your name and contact information. Kindly send your completed form to Heather Bunting at hbunting@ovariancanada.org.

It is recommended to consult with your financial advisor or lawyer for the best options for your situation.

Gifts of securities can include:

  • appreciated stocks
  • bonds
  • mutual funds
  • Access our transfer information for your financial advisor here.

Donor advised funds:

A donor advised fund is exclusively for charitable purposes. It is typically established and funded by an individual or family through a community foundation or financial institutions. Your contributions to the fund receive an immediate charitable deduction and you can recommend a grant be made to Ovarian Cancer Canada through this fund.

Naming Ovarian Cancer Canada as the beneficiary on your life insurance policy or RRSP/RRIF, are other options to consider for a lasting legacy.

The Ovarian Cancer Canada team is here to discuss your involvement and how your gift may transform lives.

Please contact Heather Bunting, Philanthropy Manager at 1-877-413-7970 X 221 or hbunting@ovariancanada.org.