Supporting ALS Research with a Bequest

Grateful for the care he and his wife received at Mass General, Louis Del Papa gave thanks by making a charitable bequest to advance ALS research.
Supporting ALS Research with a Bequest
Imagine treatments that reverse Alzheimer’s disease and prevent strokes. Or technology that can predict seizures or help paralyzed patients move again. Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, chief of MGH Neurology, aims to make this happen and more. Supporting ALS Research with a Bequest
Imagine treatments that reverse Alzheimer’s disease and prevent strokes. Or technology that can predict seizures or help paralyzed patients move again. Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, chief of MGH Neurology, aims to make this happen and more.

Margaret and Louis Del Papa met at a Pawtucket, R.I. department store where they both worked while in high school. Married for 44 years, the couple shared many interests including careers in education and a love for Prudence Island, R.I.

When Mrs. Del Papa became sick, they fought the disease together. “When Marge first got sick, they assumed she had Lyme disease, because of all the time she spent on Prudence,” remembers Bob Del Papa, Louis’s older brother. “But then she was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). At the end, Louie never left Marge’s side unless a visiting nurse was in the house.”

“Louie considered Boston to be the medical capital of the country, and he wanted the best for Marge,” explains Bob Stephenson, a longtime family friend. “He had a special fondness for Mass General. He felt strongly about the care and compassion that they both received at Mass General.”

After Mrs. Del Papa passed away in 2005, Mr. Del Papa named MGH as one of the beneficiaries of his retirement account. “He used his 403(b) to support institutions that were part of their lives and helped them when they needed it,” explains Edward McManus, CFP, Mr. Del Papa’s advisor. “I was shocked when Louie passed away so suddenly in 2012, but helping to distribute these charitable bequests and seeing what these gifts are doing has been one of the nicest and fulfilling parts of my job.”

“Louie made this bequest to support finding a treatment or cure for future patients.  I know that Marge would have supported this gift.” – Bob Stephenson

Mr. Del Papa’s gift to MGH supports the ALS research of Merit Cudkowicz, MD. “If you have cancer, you have generally have different options, but not with ALS,” Mr. Stephenson says. “Louie made this gift to Mass General to support finding a treatment or cure for this disease for future patients. I know that Marge would have supported this gift.”

Bob Del Papa describes his brother as person who was always there when people needed it. His final act was creating a legacy at MGH to advance research for patients suffering from ALS.

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