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Maija Eerkes is a medical miracle — a seven-year survivor of unresectable pancreatic cancer. Because pancreatic cancer tends to spread undetected, early diagnosis is key to saving lives.

That’s why Maija and her husband, Al, are using their estate plan to support research at UW Medicine. “For me, it’s important to accelerate research to eradicate pancreatic cancer,” says Maija. “We want to give back to a cause we believe in.”





Learn more about making a gift through your IRA or in your will to benefit education, patient care or research. Contact Mary Susan Wilson at 206.221.6172 or visit

Your IRA — your tax-free gift. 

Jack Pierce, M.D. ’65, was the informal social director for his medical-school class. Not surprising, then, that Jack helped organize the class’s drive to create a scholarship for medical students. And when he and his wife, Leilia, made a gift through their IRA, they gave to scholarship. “You can’t take it with you, and the students are the ones who really need it,” says Jack.



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