How Can Doing Your Will Online Help Cure Breast Cancer?
Benefact has launched the "Will for a Cure" campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness month to raise money for breast cancer research. This is the first fundraising event of its kind. The campaign asks everyone who wants to help breast cancer research and who has not completed their will to go to www.willforacure.com to learn how they can complete their will online and leave a gift in their will to their favorite breast cancer charity. A percentage of proceeds from the campaign will be donated for breast cancer research. Says attorney James Harris, founder of the campaign, "'Will for a Cure' is a great way for people to put their family's affairs in order and feel good about helping a worthy cause."
"An estimated 70% of people who need a will don't have one. This amounts to tens of millions of Americans," says Harris. "At the same time, there are millions of Americans who want to support breast cancer research, especially during October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. If we can spread the word and convince people who need a will to leave even 5% of their estates for breast cancer research, we can easily raise billions of dollars so future generations won't suffer."
Worldwide, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer after lung cancer and the fifth most common cause of cancer death. In 2005, breast cancer caused 502,000 deaths worldwide (7% of cancer deaths; almost 1% of all deaths).
The "Will for a Cure" campaign is part of a broader effort by Benefact to popularize the idea of leaving gifts to charities in wills, or "legacy gifts," as they are called. "Currently, only about one in eight wills mentions a charity. Imagine the problems that could be solved and diseases that could be cured if it were a normal thing for everyone to do," says Harris. "Some people think only the super-rich can leave gifts to charities in their wills, but anyone can do this in just a few minutes online."
"Will for a Cure" uses the most trusted online legal will writing website where anyone can create a legally valid will in minutes. "The service was created by attorneys to be simple, fast, and affordable," says Harris. According to Harris, more and more people are doing legal documents online to avoid the expense of paying attorneys.
"People procrastinate when it comes to doing their wills. It's not something they like to think about. 'Will for a Cure' will hopefully help motivate people to write their wills now and raise money to cure breast cancer," says Harris. "Please spread the word about 'Will for a Cure.'"