Philanthropy will empower patients on the road to recovery
Story by Elaine Zeinner
Photography by Sonya Revell
hen Jacquie Williams was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in 2007, she recognized that she didn’t have much time to wait for an appointment. A friend recommended Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. Williams was able to secure an appointment quickly.
“The team at Sylvester opened the doors in a way for me that was responsive to my needs,” she said. “They weren’t just my care providers. They were a family that really helped me through my journey.”
Even during the most challenging parts of her treatment, including overnight stays at Sylvester for infusions, Williams always appreciated the outstanding care she received.
“As rough as chemotherapy was, I was so well cared for, and the facilities were so impressive that it felt like I was staying at a hotel, not a hospital,” she says. “I just knew that if I was going to survive this, it was going to be because of Sylvester.”
The Jacqueline C. Williams Endowed Breast Cancer Survivorship Research Fund will focus on survivorship care — the patient’s journey once they’ve completed primary treatment. Advances in early detection and treatments have led to significant improvements in survival rates among many cancer patients.
The bequest Williams has provided through her estate plan is the most popular and tangible way to leave a lasting impact on the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth. With many giving options, the staff of the Office of Estate and Gift Planning can help you find the right charitable vehicle that matches your financial circumstances and fulfills your philanthropic goals.