Joyce Bell

UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors member Joyce Bell of Roanoke Rapids has made a planned gift to support cancer research, but it’s not her first gift to the cancer center.

Grateful for the care UNC Lineberger gave her husband, Alan, during his battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, Joyce and her two grown children, Catherine and Rodrique, named the Massage Therapy Room in the N.C. Cancer Hospital in his memory.

“When Alan was having chemo, massages helped him feel better. Even up to his last few days, massage helped him. Naming the Massage Therapy Room in his memory was the perfect way for our family to honor a wonderful husband and father. I am convinced that the treatments and the compassionate care Alan received at UNC prolonged his life.”

The extra time allowed the Bell family to enjoy trips and celebrate holidays together. Alan Bell died on Father’s Day in 2006.

Now, Joyce has made a planned gift to UNC Lineberger in the form of an outright bequest. She says, “It was a terrific way to give more and in a way that I could make a difference in the critical area of cancer research.”

Joyce’s gift is unrestricted. “That’s the way I usually make my contributions. I allow the organization to determine how the gift is to be used since they know best where the funds can do the most good. Cancer has touched my family and friends. It is all around. I am confident there will be cures. Why not support a great research center that is unraveling cancer’s mysteries?”

“I highly recommend that each Board member contact your lawyer or estate planner immediately, to incorporate a planned gift to Lineberger that fits into your estate plan. You won’t regret it.”