Memorial gifts are a lasting remembrance of a special person who has touched you during his or her life. For those whose lives were impacted by a loved one, it’s a way to ensure their legacy lives on. These distinct gifts are a way to cherish the past, and invest in the future, while honoring that special person.
Remembering the Past, Investing in the Future: Family's Gift Creates Lasting Legacy
Admiring a photo of their new grandson, Marty and Terry Best can't help but smile from ear to ear. Donald "Bucky" Genzel was born in the fall of 2013. A new addition, the family calls a true holiday gift.
"The name Bucky pays tribute to my father, Dr. George Best," Marty explained. "They share the same nickname." "He dedicated his life to helping others live well," added wife Terry. "His friends called him Bucky, and it just stuck."
Dr. George "Bucky" Best spent years working in internal medicine at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. "He was there all the time," said Marty. "He never said no to anybody. He truly wanted to help." Over the years Dr. Best cared for countless patients, serving each with "the greatest care and love."
Family First: Despite a hectic schedule, the doctor still made time for loved ones, sometimes in creative ways. "He'd take my brother and me on house calls all over the city," Marty smiled. "He even brought us into the hospital and had us practice reading EKG's."
That passion for health care inspired other Best family members to pursue medical careers. "My brother, David, is now a cardiologist at OSF, and my daughter, Katie, specializes in sleep disorders," said Marty. "She's a polysomnographic technician."
That passion also inspired Marty and Terry to join the OSF family. Each serves respectively on the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Foundation Council and the Children's Hospital of Illinois Community Advisory Board. "I'm proud our family is part of OSF," said Terry. "Day in and day out you've got great employees doing great things."
Leaving a Legacy: After a long life filled with family, faith, and philanthropy, Dr. Best passed away in 2009. To honor his memory, Marty and Terry made a generous gift, using life insurance, to the Milestone campaign for Children's Hospital of Illinois. Those visiting the fifth floor will notice a meditation room dedicated to Dr. Best.
After everything he did, we had to have dad live on in that building," said Marty. "The space dedicated to him is on the only adult floor in Children's which became part of adult cardiology."
Serving with the Greatest Care and Love: The choice to give back came naturally to Marty and Terry who wholeheartedly believe in the OSF Mission. "It's very easy to give because I don't think there's a place that does it better," said Terry. "To serve each patient with 'the greatest care and love'… Dr. Best truly did."
"If you see what they do and how they do it, you will give," added Marty. "As OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Illinois gets bigger and stronger we need a way to ensure this Mission stays funded." Terry and Marty found using the gift of life insurance to be a simple and effective way to fulfill their philanthropic goals.
Marty and Terry are proud to stand by their philanthropic decision and they encourage others to do the same. They give to improve the future of medicine, to help others live happy, healthy lives, and to honor a man who always wanted what’s best for others.
"It's important our grandson Bucky understands who his great grandfather was," said Terry. "Making a gift to OSF and naming a room in his honor was a way for us to do that."