Safeguarding a Fundamental Civil Liberty
Medical aid in dying is a life-giving treatment that honors our personal freedom of self-determination and gives serious substance to the idea that we have the right to choose all, some, or no medical treatment toward the end of life.
Every month we receive notes of gratitude for the work we have done together. Please consider what value you place on knowing that you or someone you love will have access to medical aid in dying.
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Patient Choices Vermont
P.O. Box 671
Shelburne, VT 05482
Special Thankyou - Recent Honor Donations
To Friends of Jerry Meacham --
The PCV community deeply appreciates the donations recently received in memory of Jerry Meacham, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2018. As his family wrote, "ALS may have robbed him of his physical strength, but never his emotional strength. The night before he died, in quiet conversations, he chose the hawk as his spirit animal to soar through the sky. As he laid down on his hospital bed on that beautiful sunny morning, a majestic hawk landed in a tree just off the deck, as if to say, follow me … it will be okay. Jerry passed without hesitation or fear. Jerry chose Act 39, Death with Dignity, which gave him great peace of mind. Selfless to the end, never angry, never complaining, he was a true inspiration to us all and we will carry him in our hearts."
To Friends of John (Bumble) Young --
Thank you to John and his family and friends who designated Patient Choices Vermont to receive donations in his honor. We remember John as being full of compassion and laughter and deeply appreciated his commitment to end-of-life choice.
Bequest Received --
PCV is grateful for the bequest left to our organization by Richard (Terry) Jeroloman. We had a number of engaging conversations with Richard in the months before he used medical aid in dying. Little did we know that he would make this generous last gesture. To his friends and family, our sympathies.
Creative Ways to Donate:
You can easily designate Patient Choices Vermont by listing our organization in your obituary, along with a link to this Donate Page and our PO Box address for checks. Each time we designate PCV for such contributions, we will be informing others about medical aid in dying and helping ensure that end-of-life choice is available for the long-term.
By giving appreciated securities you can avoid paying capital gains taxes, receive a tax deduction on the full value of the gift, and support Patient Choices Vermont at a lower cost to you than if you made a cash gift. If you would like to make a stock donation, please contact us for transfer instructions.
Give From Your IRA:
People age 70½ and older can donate up to $100,000 directly to Patient Choices Vermont from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without it being counted as taxable income. The gift can be used as your required minimum distribution. Your financial institution needs to issue the check directly to PCV, and the gift must be made by December 31 of the tax year. Contact your provider or visit their website to obtain a simple form to fill out.
Leave a Legacy:
You can leave a lasting legacy in support of end-of-life choice by naming Patient Choices Vermont as a beneficiary in your will or living trust, life insurance or retirement account. You don't have to be wealthy to do this. A donation of any amount can be designated.
Further Information: Our 501(c)(3) status is listed under our official corporate name: Vermont End of Life Choices, Inc. Please contact us if you would like a copy of our organization's IRS determination letter confirming our tax status.
From grateful supporters:
"Keep up the GREAT work - we need the right to die in peace and with freedom." From Melinda Moulton.
"When you are a busy, vital person who has a full life that is interrupted by a debilitating, terminal disease, and day by day your very sense of self is stripped away, you reach a point where you start to wonder what your next step might be. Act 39 provides one choice. For some of us, the choice about how we live our life is of utmost importance. For my sister Maggie, that was always at the top of her list. When her cancer returned and little by little she lost the ability to live her life, pain became unbearable, breathing was limited, she chose to use Act 39 to hasten her death. My family is grateful every day that Maggie's death was like her life; one of powerful personal choice."
From Katy Lesser