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Legacy Society members sustain research


AGA Legacy Society members share a desire to guarantee long-term support for digestive disease research. Through their foresight and generosity, they help ensure the continued momentum of discovery and patient education that has characterized GI medicine in recent decades. Legacy Society member donations directly support young GI investigators as they establish independent research careers.

Legacy Society members are the most generous individual donors to the AGA Research Foundation. Members of the AGA Legacy Society provide tax-deductible gifts to the AGA Research Foundation of $5,000 or more per year for 5 years ($25,000 total) or $50,000 or more in a planned gift, such as a bequest. All Legacy Society contributions go directly to support research awards.

AGA members support young researchers at a critical decision point in their lives – when many consider giving up their research careers due to a lack of funding. “I am honored to be a recipient of the Research Scholar Award. I would like to thank the foundation for their generous contribution that will fund a crucial transition in my career,” said Jose Saenz, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine and 2017 AGA – Gastric Cancer Foundation Research Scholar Award recipient.

The AGA Research Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support young researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology. Gifts to the foundation support researchers working towards developing new treatments and diagnostics for patients with GI conditions.

“I am extremely grateful to be selected for this award. I would like to thank the foundation donors for their generous support. This award will me build a research program to better understand mechanisms that promote growth of cholangiocarcinoma,” remarks Silvia Affe, PhD, Columbia University, 2017 AGA Research Scholar recipient.

Donors who make gifts at the Legacy Society level before DDW will receive an invitation to the annual Benefactors’ Dinner at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Individuals interested in learning more about Legacy Society membership may contact Stacey Hinton Tuneski, Senior Director of Development at or via phone (301) 222-4005. More information on the AGA Legacy Society including the current roster and acceptance form is available on the foundation’s website at

The makings of a grand celebration

Beginning with a memorable gathering at the United States Library of Congress in 2007, the AGA Benefactors’ Dinner has welcomed members of the AGA Legacy Society and other AGA dignitaries to special locations nationwide. The Folger Shakespeare Library will be the location of the 2018 AGA Research Foundation Benefactors Dinner during DDW in Washington, DC. Just steps from the Capitol, the Great Hall and Pastor Reading room are a spectacular setting for an enjoyable evening with friends. Members of the AGA Legacy Society will be among the distinguished honorees at the annual event.

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