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How are you capturing your loved one’s special memories?

One Legacy founder Mike Stith with his uncle, Earl Stith, One Legacy board member

Our Current Project

Click on the above image to read the inside cover, some sample pages, and the back cover of this amazing book.

At Your Service, the authorized biography of Gene Verdu; is the story about a remarkable man who spent his life serving others. The book is authored by One Legacy LLC founder Mike Stith.

Gene and Mike first met while attending a senior picnic in Shiloh, IL in the summer of 2019. Gene became interested in sharing his story with Mike. Shortly after this meeting, he asked Mike to help him write a book about his life. A deep and meaningful friendship was born.

Mike spent the next 2 ½ years gathering information with Gene for the book. He was introduced to many people from Gene’s past and traveled with him to Belize where Gene co-founded a program called the “Belize Children’s Project” (BCP for short). In collaboration with Shriners and Rotary Clubs, along with several amazing host families, the project works to bring children in Belize who need orthopedic surgery to the Shriner’s hospital in St. Louis, MO. The program has aided over 400 kids through the years. Many of the children Gene helped lovingly refer to him as “Uncle Gene”.

Gene not only co-founded the Belize Children’s Project, but he also worked closely with seniors. He was instrumental in the founding of PSOP (Programs and Services for Older Persons), in Belleville, IL.

In 2020, working with Mike, and with the generous financial support of friends and family, he founded “The Uncle Gene Foundation”, a public charity aiding underprivileged children and senior adults.

Gene Verdu truly lived to serve others. Sadly, he passed away in March of 2022 before his book was finished. Mike has carried on the work to bring forward the story of this wonderful person.
The book is set for release early in 2023. Proceeds will be donated to the Uncle Gene Foundation.

For more information about this project or about One Legacy; click on the button to contact us by email.

To reserve your copy of “At Your Service” Click on the button to send an email to One Legacy.  Include your name, email address and zip code in your email.

Uncle Gene Foundation Logo

To learn more about The Uncle Gene Foundation Click Here

To learn more about The Belize Children Project  Click Here

How To Capture Those Special Memories

Book Options

More information about One Legacy’s book options is coming soon.

Story Sharing

The heart of One Legacy is story sharing.  It is where One Legacy got it’s start and it will continue to be our main mission to provide individuals with a safe place to share special memories.

Click Here to read the stories that people have shared with One Legacy.

Click Here to see category list of shared stories.

Click Here to share a story with One Legacy.

Group Sharing

More information about One Legacy’s group sharing is coming soon.

Debbie C

The “Story Starter” cards were wonderful tools for my grand daughters to connect with their 91-year-old great grandmother. We all sat at the dining room table and she shared stories of her younger years (some of which were new to me!) There was a lot of laughter that day and the girls learned some fun facts! Hopefully, these memories will be cherished by them through the years. I would highly recommend using the Story Starter cards for those with memory issues. It’s a great “jump start” to initiate conversations with the elderly.

Debbie C.

Daughter of Meridian Village Independent Living resident

Ashley W

We were very happy with the participation and comments that our residents shared from the Legacy Sharing program. Several of our residents attended every week, and loved it!

Ashley W.

Autumn View Gardens

Susan T

We are very happy that our residents participate in Legacy Sharing each week. They seem very happy with the program and have shared many great stories!

Susan T.

Administrator, Hitz Memorial Home