Giving the Gift of Hope: One Grandmother’s Story

Read how one grandmother is adding tomorrows.

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Tricia Benson

I have been fortunate to spend time with Anne, a wonderful woman and the proud grandmother of Graham, who lives with cystic fibrosis. For quite some time, Anne has been honoring her grandson with gifts to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Recently, she joined with others who have taken a similar step by leaving a gift for the CF Foundation in her will and family trust.


The CF cause is very near and dear to Anne's family, but it goes beyond that. She has gotten to know many other grandparents and families of people with CF. She believes the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the most efficient organizations of its kind and that the scientists are making discoveries that will someday lead to the one-time cure.

As Anne shared with me, at a young age she learned a motto, “What we keep we lose. Only what we give remains our own.” She is making a gift through her will in honor of Graham and in the hope of finding a cure for everyone living with CF.

In honor of her grandson Graham, Anne has left a gift in her will and trust for the CF Foundation.

In honor of her grandson Graham, Anne has left a gift in her will and trust for the CF Foundation.

The most popular ways to make a legacy gift and add more tomorrows for people with CF involve steps that are easy to accomplish. Most require simply naming the CF Foundation on a beneficiary form and signing your name to complete. There is no minimum donation and you can change your beneficiaries at any time.

If you are considering expressing your hopes and dreams for the future through a legacy gift, I want to connect with you. I would love to hear your story. And notifying us of your plans is the best way to ensure that your wishes for the use of your gift are honored. You can reach me at or 240-482-2845.

Learn more about making a legacy gift.

This site contains general information about cystic fibrosis, as well as personal insight from the CF community. Opinions and experiences shared by members of our community, including but not limited to people with CF and their families, belong solely to the blog post author and do not represent those of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, unless explicitly stated. In addition, the site is not intended as a substitute for treatment advice from a medical professional. Consult your doctor before making any changes to your treatment.

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Tricia served as the Foundation's senior director of planned giving from 2015-2020, where she had the privilege of working with our donors who planned a legacy gift through their will, trust, or by beneficiary designation. A native Tennessean, Tricia is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and has a master's degree in maternal and child health from Emory University. She spent many years in nursing and health care roles before moving into fundraising and philanthropy.

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