Roy Van Buskirk is a Champaign-Urbana native, so he's very familiar with Carle Foundation Hospital and the important role health care plays in life. Throughout his life, Roy and his family have received their care at Carle. Because of the quality care he has experienced, as well as his strong commitment to ensuring future excellence in health care, Roy recently decided to make Carle, and ultimately the Champaign-Urbana community, the beneficiary of his planned gift.
Upon his death, Carle Foundation Hospital will receive the balance of Roy's IRA. He expects the value to be $250,000. By making a gift of his IRA, Roy is able to continue earning income during his lifetime and reduce estate tax at his death.
Roy's gift honors the memory of his wives, Marilyn Goodell Van Buskirk and Joyce Wiese Van Buskirk, both of whom died of lung cancer. He's asked that his gift be used to further lung cancer research. "Much of their care was received at Carle," Roy remembers. "I want my gift to help find more treatment options or play a role in finding a cure for this awful disease. It's nice to be able to leave this legacy in their honor and to know that my gift will be helping generations to come."
Roy's father started Bacon & Van Buskirk Glass Company. When Roy took over the business from his father, he acquired the Pella Window franchise, and expanded into several other Midwest communities. Today, Roy's son runs the family glass distribution and installation business. Roy has two children and five grandchildren-four of whom reside in Champaign-Urbana. His gift ensures that Carle Foundation Hospital will continue to provide excellent health care for them and for their children.