Why I Give
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when I realized what my doctor had been so concerned about,"
Moell recalls. "It's easy to put chemo into your body. What's
hard and the reason I needed to be at UCLA is managing
fought for her life, with the medical staff battling right beside
got top-notch, very personal medical care," she says. "The
nursing and medical staff, including my physician, Dr. Mary Territo,
the end of her recovery, Moell's parents called from their home
in Missouri. They'd sent a contribution to UCLA, they told her,
to support leukemia research.
been pretty scared," she recalls, "that I wasn't going
after, Moell had a kind of epiphany. "I remember thinking,
'I really want to be able to give something, too.' But I couldn't
afford to be a big-donor type of person.
then, all of a sudden," she says, "I don't know how to
explain, because it's not like you can barter with God but
I wanted God to know that this was something that I really wanted
plan began to emerge: She would give UCLA $100 on the first anniversary
of her remission, and add $100 for every year she survived after
sends her contribution, in support of leukemia research at the Jonsson
Comprehensive Cancer Center, every year around Christmas. Last year
she wrote a check for $1,800 18 years cancer-free.
that check is exhilarating," she says. "I never really
expected I'd get this far. But it isn't really about my survival
anymore, but about how can I help to make it happen for others."