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A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Mary June Parks and Mary Virginia Beard have a zest for life and a love for APH

Mary June Parks is an author, TV personality, lecturer, business woman, and one of many who donate to the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) through a charitable gift annuity. Mary June was always aware of the American Printing House for the Blind, but became a devoted supporter after her late husband, Burgess, lost his sight during WWII.

"It was a blessing to have APH in our lives during that difficult transition," says Mary June.

In 1977, the Parks faced another life transition - Burgess was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. After a miraculous and complete recovery from the disease, the Parks decided to devote much of their time and energy speaking to various church and civic groups throughout the country. The Parks educated people and families on how to avoid chronic diseases through healthy eating habits, alternative treatment plans, and adopting active lifestyles. Their touching story of faith and healing inspired thousands of people.

Mary June, now 83, remains an incredible woman full of vim and vigor and continues to inspire those around her with her giving spirit. Working for 49 years (and counting) in the insurance industry, Mary June has earned numerous awards including her company's prestigious Corporate Award.

So, in 2008, when Mary June was approached by her cousin Mary Virginia Beard about funding a charitable gift annuity (CGA) at the American Printing House for the Blind, she was immediately interested. At age 93, Mary Virginia and her late husband, Marshall, have been generous donors to APH since the 1980's. Mary Virginia decided to open her first CGA in 2006 and recently opened a second CGA in 2008.

"I am proud to support the work of APH," says Mary Virginia. "I also appreciate the tax deduction and regular quarterly payments that I receive with my CGAs."

After talking with her financial advisor about opening her own CGA, Mary June jumped at the chance to cash in two CDs that were not doing well.

"APH has always been dear to my heart and I wanted to help others gain independence and enjoy life the way Burgess and I did," says Mary June.

Through a charitable gift annuity, both Mary June and Mary Virginia are able to achieve their wish of helping APH while also enjoying a secure income for the rest of their lives.