Legacy Circle

The Red Devils was founded by family and friends of two inspiring young women to honor their courage, grace and humor. Jessica Cowling and Ginny Schardt refused to be defined by breast cancer. As patients at Hopewell Cancer Support, Jessica and Ginny learned that a diagnosis of breast cancer can undo the resolve of any individual. One minute you’re attending to life’s daily challenges; the next you’re fighting for your life.  Medical treatments and hospital stays bombarded them with unfamiliar medical terms and treatment choices that were often overwhelming and frightening. Jessica and Ginny saw women with concerns about paying for their medical treatment and witnessed other patients’ concerns about continuing to work and care for their children. They understood the burden these worries placed on a patient’s life.

Jessica and Ginny’s struggle also made them aware of the important role support services play for individuals undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Not only was excellent medical care important, but so too were services that helped make the medical treatments possible.

Jessica died in July 2002 and Ginny in August 2002 at the ages of 31 and 44, respectively. The Red Devils is their legacy to breast cancer patients throughout Maryland—to improve the quality of life for families living with the disease. To commemorate their compassionate and indomitable spirit, we have established the Legacy Circle. The Legacy Circle recognizes those whose substantial philanthropic contributions guarantee the future of The Red Devils for years to come. You may become a member of the Legacy Circle by:

  • Making an annual philanthropic gift of $500 or more
  • Making a bequest in a will
  • Leaving a specific dollar amount, asset, or percentage of your will or trust to The Red Devils
  • Designating various assets for The Red Devils for your charitable gift. Those include, but are not limited to, stocks, bonds, CDs, real estate, and vehicles.
  • Naming The Red Devils as the beneficiary of your pension plan or IRA
  • Naming The Red Devils as the beneficiary or owner of an existing life insurance policy
  • Purchasing a new life insurance policy naming The Red Devils as the beneficiary or owner
  • Remembering loved ones through long-lasting memorial gifts

For more information, please contact Jan Wilson at 410.323.0135 or jan@the-red-devils.org

The Red Devils is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. A copy of our current financial statement is available upon request by contacting The Red Devils at the address above. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage.