That’s my legacy

20 March 2018

Walter explains why leaving a gift in his Will to the British Lung Foundation was so important to him.

I grew up in a family of 10. My brother died of lung cancer and my 3 sisters all died of lung problems.

My wife had bronchiectasis ever since she was a young child. She was in and out of hospital for years, before I even knew her. Her problem seemed to get better, but then she died 16 years ago aged 59. She was never a smoker.

Her father’s side of the family all had lung problems. Her grandmother, father and 3 uncles all died from lung disease.

A cause close to my heart

That’s why I decided to put a gift in my Will for the British Lung Foundation. It’s a cause close to my heart. I’ve lost so many people to lung disease and it’s important that things change.

I know that research into lung disease is underfunded but it’s the only way we’ll make progress. Research leads to new drugs to treat lung disease and it helps stop people getting lung disease in the first place.

Any money I can leave will help change that, it’ll help the BLF fund research to find new treatments and cures.

Every penny makes a difference

It can seem like Wills can be confusing or daunting things, but it was actually really easy. I know that every penny makes a difference, and any chance I get to help change things is worth taking.

I want my gift to be used to research children’s lung disease and look into the link between rheumatoid arthritis and lung disease. In memory of my brother, sisters, wife and her family.

That’ll be my legacy when my time comes.

Walter, British Lung Foundation supporter

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