Legacy Gifts

Della Ramsden achieves her financial and charitable goals through a gift annuity

Della Ramsden, a longtime Seattle resident, recently celebrated her milestone 90th birthday. While Della has been fortunate to enjoy good health and has rarely visited the hospital as a patient, she does have a long relationship with Swedish. You see, it was Swedish that brought Della to the Pacific Northwest from her birthplace of Minnesota in July, 1947.

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Commitment to a cause

A decade after her initial diagnosis of ovarian cancer, Susun Hosford is now an enthusiastic volunteer and champion for the Rivkin Center.

Susun Hosford is a dynamic woman with a variety of interests and passions, and is equally at home whether discussing the finer points of strategic marketing, why steel bicycles are superior to the newer carbon frames, or what it means to be courageous in the face of a serious health diagnosis. Nothing about Susun’s energy or personality betray that she lives with a life-threatening, but in her case, managed disease.

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Grateful patient gives back to others in his community

Arnie led a long and active life, but in his 80's, he received a diagnosis of cancer. He spent three months as an impatient at Swedish/Ballard, where he told neighbors he received "wonderful care."

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Planned Gift is All in the Family

Pete Johanson has a strong family connection to Swedish: His great uncle, Nils Johanson, M.D., founded Swedish Hospital in 1910.

When creating his estate plans, Pete decided to include an unrestricted gift to Swedish. He also signed a charitable bequest commitment form so his future bequest could be counted now in support of the Campaign for Swedish.

Pete believes his bequest is his way of “giving back.” He made his gift in honor of his grandfather, father and great uncle.

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Estate gift from grateful patient improves cancer care

The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) opened its doors in 1932, and has since touched thousands of lives in our community and beyond. From the beginning, SCI has worked to balance advanced technology and treatments with thoughtful, compassionate patient care – and generous community support plays a vital role in these advancements.

"Each gift, whether it’s $5, $500 or $5,000, has a profound impact on our programs," says Cal Knight, president of Swedish Medical Center. "Most people give because somehow their lives were impacted by cancer. From their personal experiences, they give to help ensure positive outcomes for future patients. That is philanthropy at its core: promoting the well-being of your fellow man."

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