10th Annual Sam Jackson Guild Luncheon Celebrates the Power of Legacy Gifts

May 13, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. – Rob Shick appreciates the gift of good health. Shick, a cancer survivor and an OHSU Foundation trustee, told his inspiring story to a crowd of more than 80 people at the annual Sam Jackson Guild luncheon on May 7.

Rob ShickShick was one of the first patients to use Gleevec, a drug developed at OHSU that targets cancer cells and leaves healthy cells alone. Developed by Brian Druker, M.D., director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, in collaboration with Novartis, Gleevec has allowed Shick and other cancer patients to live symptom-free.

At the luncheon Druker discussed the significant impact private philanthropy has had on cancer research.

Shick’s story illustrates one of the many powerful things legacy giving can achieve. Donors who establish deferred gift plans benefiting OHSU can make a real difference to real people, and -- in the case of the thousands of patients who have benefited from Gleevec -- change the face of a devastating disease.

Members of the Sam Jackson Guild give for a variety of reasons to areas across OHSU. One area where gifts can have a lasting impact is scholarships. In attendance at the luncheon was Nicole Bennet, a student at the OHSU School of Medicine who received the E. Ann Newton Estate scholarship established by a bequest from Eathel Ann Newton.

Also highlighted at the gathering was the School of Dentistry’s Schluckebier Scholarship, an endowed scholarship established in 1986 by Wilma James to honor the memory of her daughter, Velma Jane Schluckebier. Before her untimely death at age 24, Schluckebier served the indigent people of Alaska, establishing medical records for people in outlying villages and bringing them dental and medical care and education. In honor of her passion for providing dental care to the people of these areas, scholarships are offered to third or fourth year female dental students with an interest in serving economically and socially disadvantaged populations. Friends and family continue to honor Schluckebier by contributing to this scholarship fund.

The Sam Jackson Guild honors individuals who have established deferred gift plans benefiting Oregon Health & Science University through the OHSU Foundation. The guild is named in honor of Charles Samuel Jackson, whose family donated most of the land that is now the OHSU campus. Jackson was the founding publisher of The Portland Journal and a widely respected humanitarian.