Legacy Leader Eugene Calman

Legacy Leader: Eugene Calman

Eugene Calman

Eugene Calman


Gift Type: Charitable Gift Annuity

Eugene Calman knows the secret to living long — staying active.

At age 88, he serves on historical societies, the Lion’s Club and Mensa. He’s often in his garage, tinkering and restoring a 90-year-old circus calliope and his collection of antique cars. And he spends lots of time with his three children and two grandchildren.

“When I wake up in the morning, I don’t think about what I have to do today, I think about what I have to do first,” Eugene says.

He also attributes his longevity to the American Heart Association. Eugene and his wife became familiar with the mission of the American Heart Association in 1961 and became donors.

While training in the Navy in 1961, Eugene was diagnosed with angina pectoris - pain or discomfort due to coronary heart disease. He had his first heart attack soon after in 1965.

“I was off of work for three months,” he says. “That’s all they could really do for you, besides tell you to lay off the salt and be sure you have a good will.”

“I knew that research saved me, so the American Heart Association became one of my major charities,” he says. “My wife went around the neighborhood collecting funds from our neighbors for the association.”

Unfortunately, Eugene’s battles with heart disease were far from over. In 1986, he had his first quadruple bypass. After a second heart attack in 2006, he received a defibrillator and pacemaker. He later got a second pacemaker.

“The American Heart Association has made remarkable improvements in the care they can give people with heart disease,” he says. “Open heart surgery wasn

’t even possible in 1961, and now it’s commonplace. All these things have come along since I was initially diagnosed with heart disease.”

In addition to being an annual donor for 55 years, Eugene recently established a deferred Charitable Gift Annuity with the association. This allows him to defer income from the annuity while still receiving tax relief.

“My main reason for giving is to support the association’s research,” Eugene says. “I want to help other people that suffer from heart disease.”

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