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Planned Giving: Red’s Legacy for Wellspring

Josredlegacyeph Sheedy (affectionately known as Red by his friends and family) came to Wellspring Westerkirk House as a caregiver in 2005 when the love of his life, wife Kathy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. While Red participated in Wellspring programs, he was left devastated by Kathy’s passing a year later. Red credited the Caregivers and Bereavement Support Groups at Wellspring for enabling him to move on with his life.

Wanting to show his gratitude and give back to the organization that helped him through an extremely difficult time, Red became a donor and a front desk volunteer at Westerkirk house. Always a true gentleman and kind hearted, Red provided support to many members and their families while also providing financial support for Wellspring programs.

Sadly, Red succumbed to cancer in 2014, not long after being diagnosed. But just as in life when he gave back by volunteering and donating to Wellspring, Red left a generous bequest in his will so that his support for Wellspring would continue.

“Red loved Wellspring and truly thought it was an amazing organization with wonderful programs. Leaving a bequest was something he wanted to do,” says Walter Segsworth, the executor of Red’s estate.

Red’s legacy will touch the lives of Wellspring members today and in the years to come.


Legacy Giving is a wonderful way of supporting Wellspring in the future. If you plan to include Wellspring in your will, our legal name is:

Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation

Charitable Registration Number: 89272 8940 RR0001

If you have already included Wellspring in your estate plan or for more information on Wellspring’s Planned Giving Program, please contact Rebecca Babcock at 416.961.1928 or rebecca@wellspring.ca.