Keeping Donors Connected During COVID
“There’s so much misinformation about COVID-19 out there. Having a source of truth, listening to someone interesting and having the ability to interact is even more important now.” — Ghazala Sharieff, MD, MBA
Reliable information, in real-time
The response from donors has been overwhelmingly positive. Denise Stillinger, who along with her husband, David, attended a session focused on boosting your immunity during the pandemic, says the event was done well and provided more insight into the effects of the coronavirus.
“It was very convenient to be able to sit at our desk and within 20 minutes get an informative talk that’s personalized,” she recalls. “The real-time virtual aspect was nice, because the facilitator and the presenter could talk back and forth, and it seemed more as if we were there in person.”
Other virtual events for donors include Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center special presentations. With recent topics such as the benefits of multidisciplinary care in detecting and treating breast cancer, and Breakfast with Buchholz — where community members received updates from medical director Thomas Buchholz, MD — there have been many opportunities to stay connected.
Feeling well-cared for and well-informed
Han Helders, a member of Scripps President’s Council and Partners for Scripps MD Anderson, says his own experience with the exemplary multidisciplinary cancer care at Scripps prompted him to pay it forward. He attended his first virtual meetup this summer with Dr. Buchholz.
“There’s a lot of benefit in participating and learning about an organization like Scripps,” he says, though he admits missing the camaraderie that comes with mingling in person. “The virtual events are a good substitute. If we didn’t have that, we wouldn’t be able to communicate other than in an email or a video, which is not the same.”
In addition to helping Scripps save lives and advance medicine, your philanthropic support comes with exclusive access to these types of events and more.
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We are pleased to offer virtual meetings and events so that you can connect with Scripps Health Foundation from the comfort of your own home.