Working at Jefferson, you often see people doing impossible things. Like the neurosurgeons who operated on Anne Wilms, delicately removing a tumor from her brain using a procedure that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. Or the team of physicians and IT wizards who use technology to bring Jefferson, an achievement that’s incredible—and salutary—right now.
But not all Jefferson heroes wear scrubs and not all incredible feats involve years of technical training and amazing skill. Many times, the most life-changing difference is made by a grateful patient who just wants to give something back as a way of saying thank you.
When patients have been cared for or cured at Jefferson, they often ask what they can do to show gratitude or help others. Clinical studies—dozens of them—show that expressions of gratitude such as philanthropy are linked to increased ability to cope with stress, stronger immune function, quicker recovery from illness, lower blood pressure, greater joy and optimism, and increased longevity. Even more remarkable, often unknown to our benefactors, is the well-being that philanthropy can bring to others who are suffering.
Simply put, generosity heals, and it heals in so many ways. There’s no better way to say thanks than to make a gift to Jefferson. It’s a wonderful way to give back while helping us to help others. For Bob Halinski, giving back was how he seized the initiative for healing. For cancer patient Jessica Quintin, philanthropy helped her fight back against something that was taking over her life. Watch their stories about why generosity matters and how it can change our lives and our future.
Elizabeth Dale, EdD
Executive Vice President