Wife Honors Late Husband With Gift to Cancer Research
When Lark A. Booth thought about her legacy, she had two clear goals: to honor her late husband, Steve Booth, and to help others. Lark decided the best way to accomplish these goals was to leave her estate to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to support cancer research.
Lark's husband, Steve, passed away in October 2010 after being diagnosed 14 months earlier with a brain tumor. Steve's treatment at UAB came from two leading physician-scientists studying new treatments for brain tumors, Dr. Louis B. Nabors III, a neuro-oncologist, and Dr. James M. Markert, a neurosurgeon.
Praise for Care
In the course of his treatment, Steve underwent two operations and several rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. Lark speaks highly of the care Steve received at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center at Acton Road.
"Our experience with UAB was the best under the worst of circumstances," she says. "I think Steve would be pleased that I have chosen to honor him with a planned gift. Steve was so special. He was smart, funny, kind, thoughtful, and brave. When talking about life, he was fond of saying, ‘This is not a dress rehearsal.'"
Paying It Forward
Lark hopes her gift to UAB will help people who find themselves in the same situation she and Steve faced five years ago. She believes her gift can be part of something great, by helping fund research and foster the development of new treatments. Lark is grateful that she can honor Steve's memory and contribute to the ongoing work to find new treatments, therapies, and cures that will ease the burden on patients and their families.
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