Giving Through Your Will

Gift Planning

Both our donors and the beneficiaries of their generosity have stories to share.

Read their stories below:

Father and Son, Doctor to Doctor: a Conversation on Legacy

For the Broder family, a life of fulfillment seems to have a common thread that weaves through each generation – healthcare. Specifically for Dr. Martin Broder and Dr. Samuel Broder, that thread led them both to Baystate Medical Center.

Visionary Gift Honors Wife and Hospital

When Robert Collins was growing up in Three Rivers, Massachusetts during the Depression, he and his brothers would go hunting to ensure they did not go hungry.

Baystate Health Team Supported by Bequest Gifts

When Robert A. Shanley set up his trust decades ago, he never envisioned anything like the coronavirus pandemic.

Nurse’s Gift Fights COVID-19 and Provides a Sustaining Legacy

Barbara Zygarowski loved Baystate Health, loved medicine, and loved her career as a nurse. Her good friend Paul Grennon confesses that he bought and read medical books so he could keep up with her in conversation – she was that passionate about her chosen career.

CELEBRATING LOVE, AND A CAREER

In her final months of life, Aroxy Zacarian thought about what mattered most to her — four beautiful and accomplished children, nine wonderful grandchildren, one great-grandson, three siblings, and a dear husband of 51 years, Dr. Setrag A. Zacarian.

BARBARA CLARKE WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING WOMEN

Barbara Clarke's husband, Arthur H. Clarke, ensured her values would be remembered by future generations by making a tribute gift to Baystate Health Foundation to establish a permanent, living legacy, the Barbara M. Clarke Memorial Fund.

'WE DIDN'T WANT ANYONE ELSE TO GO THROUGH THAT'

In 1989, when Bob Regnault had to undergo coronary bypass surgery, he worried about his wife, Frances, sitting scared and nervous in the waiting room.

THANKS FOR THE LOVE, BUD!

When pancreatic cancer threatened the life of Turners Falls resident Harold "Bud" Collins, he took it in stride.

DECADES OF DEDICATION AND A GIFT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

To serve as leaders, volunteers and stewards of the Baystate Health mission is almost second nature to David and Evie Woods. Dedicated to Baystate for decades, the couple has now found an additional way to extend their support.

ENDOWED GIFT EASES GRIEF THROUGH GIVING

In 1996, seven-year-old Caitlin Dibble Ross was diagnosed with cancer. Caitlin's heartbroken parents, Ann and Tim, her four-year-old brother, and her extended family — including her uncle, Bulkley Richardson Attorney Francis Dibble, Jr., better known as Sandy — looked for every opportunity to bring joy to her days as the disease took its toll.

SHARING THEIR LOVE: THE LAWSONS GIVE BACK

For Kevin and Sue Lawson, giving back is about the difference they can make by sharing their time, talent and resources.

THANKS FOR THE LOVE, MARY!

In 1943, Mary Therese Dvarecka graduated from what was then the Springfield Hospital School of Nursing.