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Last week we asked our donors why they Watsi; meet Cecelia

Grace Garey by Grace Garey  •  posted 5 years ago in story

Hi Watsi,

Why do I Watsi and why did I share it on Facebook?

I’m a 2-time breast cancer survivor. 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…in short, I’m rich beyond measure compared to almost everyone else in the world. I have so much to be grateful for.

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. For instance, here in Houston, the YMCA is notorious - the president of the organization earns a whopping $600k a year. That’s just not right.

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. Allelujiah!

Thank you for allowing me to share.


Grace Garey

Connecting people. Watsi cofounder.