Philanthropy Right Under My Nose

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I live in Rochester, MN. I live very close to the downtown area, which means I can easily walk a few blocks and be submerged in Mayo Clinic history and the future of medicine and science. As I was looking up at the Gonda building, I became ashamed. I didn’t know who  was behind the gift of this magnificent structure, or what inspired these people to donate so generously to the welfare of humanity as a whole.

These people who donate to the institutions for medical research and education are the most forward thinking of our kind, yet go almost unnoticed by people such as myself. It brings me to shame that I know what Snooki was up to last weekend, but unaware of the greatest advances in medical care going on right under my nose.

I walk in front of the greatest gifts to humanity almost daily, yet totally unaware of  the people behind the gifts of kindness and generosity. I researched the Gonda name and found many interesting facts about the couple/family that donated in kind to the Mayo Clinic, as well as many others around the country.

This one trip downtown, which shamed and humbled me, has offered me an opportunity to become aware of the greatest gifts given to us all. I hope you take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with their names and the work they  committed to by donating to medical research and treatment facilities.

Please research philanthropy your own area. I’d love to hear about the stories , great and small. Drop by drop we fill the pot( that is the name of my blog  after all!!)

Last year, the largest donation given to the Mayo Clinic by a living donor was received and will be used to fund a new proton beam therapy center for the treatment of specific cancers.

Another recent donation in the amount of $10 million was given to Mayo Clinic for research in reconstructive transplant surgeries.

My favorite Mayo Clinic philanthropic story is about a woman named Barabara Woodward Lipps.  Her entire estate was donated to the Clinic at the time of her death. It was the largest donation ever received. She has the patient education resource center located in the Sieben’s building named in her honor, an atrium named in her honor, in which there are always fresh flowers  because of her wishes, and her financial contribution to the betterment of humanity.

I could go on and on for days about the contributions brought into my community from around the world. The point is..One trip downtown changed my own personal vision. There are things more important going on in the world right now that are going very much unnoticed. It is sad to me to know only a few days ago I knew what Kim K was wearing, but I didn’t know that proton beam therapy existed (much less that it was coming to my hometown!!).

It is time for me personally to turn off my T.V. and get busy understanding what is important in life. I am tired of being force fed what someone else thinks is important for me to know. I wonder how many other people have felt the same, (but like me) did nothing about it???

I honestly believe I will still be on the planet when a cure for cancer is discovered. It is my hope our children will not understand cancer in the way I do not understand goiter, tuberculosis, rickets, measles, mumps, rubella,polio, ect…. non existent, or in the least easily treatable and preventable.

We really need to look at  medical history to understand how far we have come in medicine, technology, and science in the last 50 years.  We are  progressing to a new age of understanding and medical treatments. It really IS a great time to be alive!!!

“There will always be doctors because they are necessary.  There will always be those who will accept the calling, for that is what it is.  The problems are many and they will grow, but they will be solved because they must be.” -quote  by Dr. Charles William Mayo (Dr.Chuck)


5 thoughts on “Philanthropy Right Under My Nose

  1. I think this is a very poignant message. There are so many valuable examples of individuals and groups doing philanthropy right under our noses, yet going unnoticed. It’s somewhat of a shame that (to your point) Snooki carries more social weight than people lifting up communities and society in general.

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  3. Very good article. I like to hear about philanthropy in the media but it doesn’t happen often enough. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  4. Tracy
    Love this comprehensive note. My family has benefited from Mayo in more ways than one and I believe their mission will go on. Keep talking !!!
    Susan Bergeson

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