Leaving a Gift in Your Will

“I am able to remain in my chair for longer periods of time, leading to more independence. Without the generosity of donors, none of this would have been possible.” – MDC client

There are several ways you can leave a gift in your will to Muscular Dystrophy Canada:


Muscular Dystrophy Canada can help you plan the details of a specific bequest, and ensure your gift will be made in memory of your loved one. If you would like to leave an in-memoriam gift in your will, please add the following information after your gift directive.

Sample wording: "This gift is in memory of Jane Doe".


You can leave a specific dollar amount, percentage or piece of property such as a stock or bond in your will to Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Sample wording: "I give the sum of “$ The gift amount” to Muscular Dystrophy Canada"



You can leave all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after debts, taxes and other bequests have been paid out.

Sample wording: "I give the residual of my estate (or a percentage of the residual of my estate) to Muscular Dystrophy Canada."


You can leave a gift in your will that will take effect only if the primary intentions of the will cannot be met.

Sample wording: "If (name of beneficiary(ies) survives me, then I give $ (describe gift: amount of cash or property, percentage of residual or other gift) to Muscular Dystrophy Canada."


A designated bequest can direct your gift to a specific purpose including: (1) Research, (2) Advocacy, (3) Programs and Services.


You can direct the gift to a specific disorder type of neuromuscular research. A few examples:

  • Duchenne
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Charcot Marie-Tooth (CMT)
  • Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Limb Girdle
  • FSHD
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myositis

Sample wording: “I give Muscular Dystrophy Canada $ gift amount or ___% or all of the residue of my estate to be used for the following: _____ .”

Sample wording for a research gift directed to a specific type of neuromuscular disorder: I give Muscular Dystrophy Canada $ gift amount or ___% or all of the residue of my estate to be used for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.

Sample wording for a program gift: I give Muscular Dystrophy Canada $ gift amount or ___% or all of the residue of my estate to be used for the equipment program in British Columbia.

If you would like to leave a designated gift to Muscular Dystrophy Canada, we would be happy to speak with you about your special interest and provide a full list of options to best fit your legacy.

As my daughter has been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, she cannot stand, walk, or sit on her own. She needs help for all of her day to day activities like feeding, bathing, mobility. This Stander helps in her therapy as she needs to do Physiotherapy every day. Standing in the frame helps her work the muscles, spine and avoid contractures. The Bathing Chair & Commode have made her day to day life easier, as well.

She keeps her spine straight by using the stander, which helps muscles and bones stay active and avoid contractures. As she is in wheelchair or on bed most of the times, this standing frame has been very helpful for making her stand and make the blood flow normal and avoid spinal deformities.

We are very grateful to all the donors who helped us get the equipment which our daughter needs for day to day living. As our daughter needs support for all her needs, my wife has sacrificed her career and taking care of her full-time at home. As the only source of income for the family, financial position of the family is critical with all the expenditures for the therapy and equipment.
~ Parent of a child affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Contact Us

We greatly appreciate your interest in leaving a gift to Muscular Dystrophy Canada in support of persons affected by neuromuscular disorders. If you would like to discuss options for making a lasting impact, please contact Patricia MacArthur at 800-567-2873, x4107 or patricia.macarthur@muscle.ca.

If you have already made plans to continue your legacy with a gift to MDC, thank you!

Please consult your advisor about making or leaving a gift to Muscular Dystrophy Canada.