A Child's Life Is Saved. And a Nurse Is Born.


Danielle, at age 10, back home again after brain surgery at Baystate Children's Hospital.

On a snowy day in 2005, then 10-year-old Danielle D'Agostino underwent brain surgery at Baystate Children's Hospital to remove a non-cancerous tumor the size of a lemon that she and her family had learned about only two days before.

When Danielle reflects on this scary time, what she remembers most is the love she felt from her Baystate nurses. "Whenever I had to do something hard — like receiving meds that burned or hurt — my nurses were there for me," she says. "They were so optimistic and caring."

Danielle remembers thinking, "I want to do this when I grow up." She filled scrapbooks with photos and articles about nursing as a career. In her junior year of college, Danielle volunteered at Baystate Children's to help young patients cope with their own challenging illnesses.

Now she's thrilled to be back at Baystate Children's Hospital, this time as a nursing student through Elms's accelerated second-degree nursing education program. Her ultimate goal — to join the Baystate Health Nurse Residency program and become a full-time nurse for Baystate Children's.

"I feel lucky to be in this hospital as a caregiver. As a student nurse, I see so much happiness here — even among children and families who are coping with serious illness," Danielle says. "My brain tumor could have taken me in many different directions. I'm so glad it led me to nursing, and I'm so grateful to everyone who supports Baystate Children's Hospital."

A gift in your will or through a beneficiary designation can help young patients like Danielle overcome illness to make a difference. To explore ways you can help, reach out to Kylie Johnson at 413-794-7789 or kylie.johnson@baystatehealth.org.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Baystate Health Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Baystate Health Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Baystate Health or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Baystate Health as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Baystate Health as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Baystate Health where you agree to make a gift to Baystate Health and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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