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Enabling Glaucoma Research for Generations
Harvey Wittenberg, a retired attorney from El Cerrito, California, was diagnosed with glaucoma about 30 years ago. He's doing fine today, he says, thanks to the constant care of glaucoma specialist Andrew Iwach, MD. Impressed with Dr. Iwach, as a doctor and a person, Harvey and his wife, Susan, have been inspired to give regularly to Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) since 2004. Lately, the couple has been wanting to do more to pay tribute to the doctor that has made such an impact on their lives.
After attending the launch of The Cure is in Sight Campaign, the Wittenbergs decided to make a leadership gift to Glaucoma Research Foundation's major fundraising effort.
"The four researchers who spoke that evening were so inspiring and committed," says Susan. "I'm impressed with how successful GRF has been at accomplishing what they set out to do."
The Wittenbergs will use their IRA to make their gift over the course of two years.
"It's a very easy process," says Susan. "The funds automatically go from the IRA to GRF. And because the money doesn't ever pass through our hands, it's tax free."
Another factor motivating Susan and Harvey to make a planned gift is their children. Susan says their older daughter will likely be diagnosed with glaucoma in the future. "Her eyes have followed the same pattern as her father's," Susan says. "It would be nice if there were real practices in place to not only treat her disease, but to stop it."
Giving back is something the Wittenbergs have instilled in both their daughters. "We really do believe that if you've been fortunate enough to have all your needs met, you have an obligation to give back," Susan says. "It's interesting and exciting to see how a donation canimpact a cause as it moves forward. We hope the next generation will pick up the baton and keep supporting this cause."
Leave a Lasting Legacy
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