Ben Rude Heritage Society

The Ben Rude Heritage Society is so named in recognition of the second president of the International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF). Ben Rude served as president for over four years before he passed on in January 2005, but his legacy continues thanks to the leadership demonstrated by the members of this society. Join other members of this honorary society and help make Ben's dream of a cure for Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia (WM) come true. Ben's spouse, Laurie Rude, serves as the founding Honorary Chairperson of the Ben Rude Heritage Society.

This society was established by the Board of Trustees in 2008, and its founding members were recognized during the 2008 IWMF Educational Forum in Los Angeles. Each year the Trustees are pleased to honor new members of this society who have followed Ben's legacy of leadership with various types of deferred gifts to the IWMF such as a bequest, a gift annuity, a trust arrangement, an insurance policy, or a similar planned gift.

A legacy gift is the ultimate expression of support for the IWMF. Through your planned estate gift and your participation in the Ben Rude Heritage Society you can touch the lives of others as we strive to find the cause and a cure for WM. As of June 2017, over $7.2 million in legacy gifts have been pledged or received from 76 society memberships.

Placing your treasure in the care of our Foundation will ensure benefits for others long into the future. As Ben shared often, "A person's life is measured by the effort made for the benefit of others."

If you would like to include the IWMF in your estate plans, please contact us.

Please download a copy of The Ben Rude Heritage Society enrollment form.

As a nonprofit organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the IWMF will issue tax receipts for all gifts.