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Giving to the future

Private funding helps cancer researchers find new breakthroughs

Carla Andrews, a former oncology nurse, and her husband, Neil, a retired medical oncologist and surgeon, have seen many improvements in cancer care in the 25 years since they entered the field. Better treatments. Better outcomes. Better understanding of what causes the disease.

But they want to see more. That's why Carla has donated her mother's estate to the UC Davis Foundation to help establish an endowment in cancer research.

"When my mother died of breast cancer in 1998, I wanted to do something significant with the inheritance," said Carla. "And I also wanted a way to honor my husband, Neil."

This isn't the first gift she has made to UC Davis. In 1996, she and Neil established a charitable remainder trust designated for cancer research, donating a portion of their estate to a trust that will benefit UC Davis in 20 years or after they have both passed away. In return, they receive a tax deduction on the value of the trust at an interest rate they choose for the term of the trust, and the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to fight cancer.


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Neil and Carla Andrews of Davis are funding the fight against cancer.