Saying Thank You
Scripps Research is a partnership. It is medical and scientific experts. It is world-class technology. And it is you. Your passion and support are a critical part of the equation that creates life-saving discoveries.
When Scripps Research scientists talk about what inspires them on a daily basis, their most common answer is you. Your enthusiasm, your stories, your love.
This month we thought we'd say thank you by sharing some of our favorite stories from the donors who make our work possible and inspire us all.
"At the age of 31, I had breast cancer. I had one surgery, four rounds of chemotherapy, and six weeks of radiation. I kept thinking to myself, 'I wish some of these procedures were easier and less painful.' Five years later, I had a new case of breast cancer. That time, I noticed some changes in the procedures I had to go through that made my surgery and chemotherapy much easier. I will always be grateful to the people who donated to The Scripps Research Institute. Because of their contributions, my experience with my second case of breast cancer was much easier. I am 39, married, and have a 12-year-old son, and we appreciate the dedication and hard work of those who work for Scripps Research."
-Laurie McCormick of Cardiff, a donor for the past six years
"We agree wholeheartedly with your institutional mandate to take your research from 'lab bench to bedside' — it just makes good sense. Plus your outstanding outreach programs are so important with the current increased pace of scientific discoveries — the public needs to be informed so wise decisions can be made. Finally, we feel our contribution is a good investment in everyone's future."
-Bill and Shirley Kimmich of San Diego, donors for the past 23 years
"As an alumnus of The Scripps Research Institute, I make financial contributions because I had the opportunity to experience first-hand the unique, collaborative, and extremely high-caliber academic environment that fostered quality there and I want to invest in future generations of outstanding new researchers. When I see the quality and volume of research findings produced by the Scripps Research faculty in journals and conferences, I know that my donations are directly advancing science."
-Jean Patterson of Maynard, Massachusetts, a donor for the past two years
"Ten years ago I lost my wife to cancer. In the four years prior to her death she was hospitalized several times at Scripps Health. Since that time, I have come to appreciate the work of The Scripps Research Institute. I can only hope that my small contributions will make life easier for more cancer patients and help to eliminate this horrendous disease."
-Victor Whitney of Murrieta, a donor for the past nine years