A Night of Inspiration and Education

Phoenix, AZ

May 17, 2017
6:30 p.m.

The Camby, Autograph Collection
2401 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016


What you’ll learn:

Achievements by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and how your donations impact both the lives of those affected and the research our esteemed partners are able to conduct

Cutting-edge developments in the research of these terrible diseases, and progress for finding a cure

Visionary tax-planning strategies utilized to create tax-favorable income through planned giving
How to create a legacy by teaching generational charitable giving without impacting you or your children’s wealth


Jeanne M Palmer


As one of the lead researchers facilitating the LLS Beat AML Master Trial at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Dr. Jeanne Palmer is a key member of the Mayo Clinic team implementing this ground-breaking new approach to clinical trials.

Dr. Palmer graduated from the New York Medical College and served her residency and a research fellowship at Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital before completing a Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Duke University Hospital. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, as well as a Consultant for Mayo’s Division of Hematology/Oncology.

Board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Dr. Palmer has received numerous honors and awards. Currently, Dr. Palmer is a member of the American Society for Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation, American Society of Hematology, and Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, serving on various committees.



Andrew Rafal is a financial advisor who has dedicated more than a decade to helping clients achieve their financial, retirement and estate planning objectives. He is President and Founder of Bayntree Wealth Advisors.

Andrew prides himself in acting as a personal CFO for his clients. He creates customized financial plans and investment strategies to help clients realize their retirement goals.

Author of the book, Climbing the Retirement Mountain, Andrew is a nationally recognized retirement planning expert who has been featured in and on many national publications.

Additionally, Andrew has served as an instructor of retirement planning courses held at ASU West.

Kirk Cassidy, IAR

President of Senior Planning Advisors, Inc.
and Strategic Investment Advisors, Inc.

Kirk Cassidy is the president of Senior Planning Advisors and Strategic Investment Advisors. He holds a life insurance license in Michigan and other states, as well as a Series 65 securities license, which makes him a fiduciary.

Kirk believes the best assistance he can give his clients in retirement is helping each create a comprehensive retirement plan that fits his or her needs. Kirk developed an asset allocation model that provides his clients with a roadmap to help preserve and distribute financial assets, while also helping increase their wealth.

Kirk has extensive experience in charitable planning and helping clients utilize charitable strategies that allow them to fulfill their philanthropic goals while more effectively managing tax liabilities. In addition, he has been actively involved in a number of charitable organizations, including sitting on the boards of directors of the Don Ferrarese Charitable Foundation and the Brent G. Cassidy Family Foundation.


Kirk and Jessica Cassidy

In 2009, Kirk’s father, Brent, was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since hearing of Brent’s diagnosis, Kirk’s wife, Jessica, was on a mission to absorb any and all information to aid in his treatment. This is when she found the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Jessica discovered that LLS graciously provides a plethora of resources for not only patients but their families through their multiple patient-service programs. These services provide direct access to financial aid, clinical trials and support teams, just to name a few.
During Brent’s battle he was enrolled in a clinical trial that prolonged his life, allowing one of the greatest gifts of all: becoming a grandparent to Kirk and Jessica’s daughter, Samarra. The couple flew back to Michigan so Jessica could give birth at the same hospital in which Brent was receiving treatment, and he was able to be a part of the birth of the next generation of his family. Unfortunately, six months later, Brent lost his battle.
Though Jessica and Kirk already supported LLS by advocating and raising millions through planned giving and awareness, losing Brent made their desire to make a greater impact in the blood cancer community grow exponentially, and inspired them to do more to honor and help keep his legacy alive. They jumped into the Light the Night Campaign and Executive Challenge, and funded a research grant in honor of Brent through Dr. Carl June's CAR-T Immunotherapy engineering.
Their continued desire, tenacity and planned-giving strategies gained recognition by Frank Canning from LLS. After a lot of meetings and many calls, their model turned into the first pilot program of Your Gift, Your Legacy.
Kirk and Jessica's desire to make a global impact on the blood cancer community became a reality when they launched this platform with the assistance of LLS (specifically Frank Canning and Erin Kozaki), its partners and Advisors Excel. YGYL is now being catapulted to a national program.
Advisors Excel has fully supported Kirk, Jessica and LLS’ partnership. At their recent national event, they raised $630,000 in a single night for LLS, ultimately helping the organization make YGYL possible.