Why I Give
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People dig into their pockets to give to UCLA, it is about much
more than the money. They are making a statement about what they
believe is important.
Photography by Amanda Friedman,
(Johnson) Thomas Del Brase
is a retired college professor who wants everyone to remember the
mentor who encouraged him on his successful career path. Another
is a cancer survivor whose dream is to help others like her to triumph
over the disease. There are mothers and fathers and alumni and friends
and relatives, all of them doing what they can to help make a difference
in the lives of students and the life of a university.
reasons that people give are as diverse as the thousands of donors
who decide to become active participants in building the future
of UCLA. What motivates them to contribute? We asked several of
them, and here's what they told us.
just don't forget the day you were diagnosed," says April Moell.
"I remember every word. I remember the faces. I remember the
whole feel of it."
was in her 30s, working as an occupational therapist at St. Jude
Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif., where she and her husband,
Joe, still live. She'd been feeling tired exhausted, really
for months, and developing one infection after another. After
a round of doctor visits, she ended up in the offices of a local
oncologist who performed an examination of her bone marrow.