Q: What role does charity play in your life?
A: My mother always taught me to share what I had. I grew up on a farm and though we were never hungry, we certainly didn't have a lot. It is about being in a position to give; I'm really blessed to be able to do that. God blessed me and I'm glad to be able to bless someone else.
Q: How did you first become involved with St. Jude?
A: I had not known about St. Jude until relatively recently. When I learned about the children there, I knew I wanted to help.
Q: What does giving to St. Jude mean to you?
A: Giving to St. Jude means a great deal to me. It means I have helped someone and made their life better. It's a wonderful feeling. I enjoy giving someone the opportunity to be successful, as I was given those opportunities despite my situation.
Q: What made you consider a charitable gift annuity with St. Jude?
A: Battling cancer myself, I kept thinking of the kids going through these same difficulties. I felt that I needed to help in some way. Having done a gift annuity previously (with a different organization), I thought this was a great idea to help the kids of St. Jude. I wanted to contribute something to give them a longer, more enjoyable life.
Q: Have you discussed your plans with your family?
A: I have. My husband, James, is on board.
Q: What was the process of setting up your annuity?
A: The process was very smooth and easy. After reading an article, I called St. Jude about a week later. I explained what I wanted to do and they sent me paperwork right away. Then I met with my local representative, Kelly.
Q: Can you tell us about your relationship with Kelly?
A: I met Kelly about a week after I made my original phone call to St. Jude. I feel like I have known her a lot longer. It has been a wonderful and enjoyable year getting to know one another. She makes a person feel very comfortable and she is easy to talk to.
Q: What would you tell someone else who might be considering a St. Jude charitable gift annuity?
A: This is a wonderful idea to be a part of something so beneficial to let the children have a better life. You're allowing those children the opportunity to live by this gift. For me, it wasn't about the benefits of the CGA, but being able to make a difference.
Q: How do you feel about having your name inscribed on the Legacy Wall at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital?
A: I hope my plaque is a symbol of my legacy of giving, showing love and concern to those who need it.