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Cecelia is our hero

Grace Garey by Grace Garey  •  posted 3 years ago in story

Cecelia spent her 40th birthday fighting cancer.

Then, in 2007, she was diagnosed again.

But Cecelia didn’t give up.

“I have the wonderful first world benefit of insurance, a good job led by supportive people, a husband who makes enough to give me the room to take care of myself,” Cecelia told us. “In short, I’m rich beyond measure compared to almost everyone else in the world. I have so much to be grateful for.”

Cecelia became a two-time cancer survivor. But she was at a loss for how to help other people overcome similar challenges.

“Every day I get piles and piles and piles of mail from nonprofits looking for money. I don’t blame them. I know times are tough. I’ve worked for nonprofits before and I know how things work. But it hasn’t stopped my becoming inured to the pleas. It’s like walking down a street with hundreds of hands in my way and I’ve started to feel resentful. Because of my experience, I know that the mailers I’m getting cost money, and that some of these organizations are only passing a small percentage of the donations they receive to the actual people they’re purporting to help. That’s just not right.”

Then, Cecelia heard about Watsi.
“And along comes Watsi, allowing me to donate directly to someone in need. And there she is. A 60-year-old woman facing cancer and the debilitating treatments on her own, without all my resources. And all my money goes to her treatment. Allelujah!”

Our entire team is inspired by Cecelia’s story. Help her spread the health by supporting a patient on Watsi.


Grace Garey

Connecting people. Watsi cofounder.

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