Making the Gift of a Lifetime Possible
Helping others has always been intrinsic to Amy Karnehm. She grew up in a family that always did what they could to give back to those in need. They also happen to be lifelong Ohio State fans.
When Amy’s stepfather, Richard Wood, needed specialized care for his acute myeloid leukemia (AML), they turned to the experts at The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC—James). Amy and her mother were beyond grateful for the skillful and compassionate care that gave them extra time with Dick.
Amy is committed to honoring her stepfather’s memory and helping other patients with AML. She decided to designate a percentage of her will to help fund AML research. This type of gift allows her to make a significant contribution without affecting assets during her lifetime.
“We were blessed with some outstanding doctors while my stepfather was being treated, and we’re excited by the research they are continuing,” said Amy. “I love the fact that my gift will memorialize my stepfather and help others with AML.”
In 2019, Amy brought her dog, Candi, to Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center Neurology Service for an MRI to investigate a detached right retina and left eye strabismus (crossed). The veterinary neurologists were able to diagnose Candi’s unique condition and establish a treatment plan for her.
"I have been very happy with the support and care Candi has received,” said Amy. “I am so blessed to have the veterinary team in place that I do—their primary concern is her quality of life. She’s exceeding everyone’s expectations.”
Amy had not previously contacted Ohio State about her gift to AML research because she assumed the university did not need to be informed. After discussing her gift with a member of the Ohio State Advancement team, Amy learned that she should be able to establish endowments for both her stepfather and Candi.
By making a gift through her will, Amy is able to make a bigger difference than she ever thought possible.
“I never imagined that I would have the financial means to make a gift that will have a direct and meaningful impact on others for years to come,” said Amy. “Leaving a gift through my will makes it simple and possible for me to achieve this dream.”