Smiling and sitting around the kitchen table, three sisters reminisced about what their mother, Bella, used to say – "I am the happiest when all of you are together."
And doing things together, as a family, is something that Gladys Lynch, Corinne Robichaux and Genevieve Wicker have always enjoyed, even when it comes to giving back to the community. Each has established a gift at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, and each has chosen to honor the life and memory of her husband.
"The Health Science Center in San Antonio is the greatest asset of our community, and it's where our families get outstanding medical care," Gladys said. "I wanted to support the university because it is where I could have the greatest impact."
Gladys was the first sister to create an endowment. The Harry S. Lynch, Sr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship supports outstanding students in the School of Nursing and pays tribute to the tremendous care Harry received from many nurses.
Home and community are important to Corinne, and when deciding how she would honor her husband, she looked toward future generations.
"I know that anyone who pursues a degree in medicine has a calling, and I wanted to honor my husband by helping local students realize their dreams." The Milton Joseph Robichaux, Sr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship provides support to deserving medical students who are interested in caring for patients with cancer.
Before Genevieve's husband passed away, she said they had talked about supporting cancer research because of the impact the disease had on their family. "His dream was to find a cure," she said. Through a bequest from her estate, Genevieve will keep her husband's vision alive by creating The James Clifford Wicker Memorial Endowment for Cancer Research to support the most critical research needs at the university's Cancer Therapy & Research Center.
These sisters, affectionately known by their family and friends as "Bella's kids," believe in the missions of the Health Science Center and are confident that the education of future doctors, nurses, health professionals, and researchers ultimately results in excellent patient care. "We want to support our community and make it a better place to live, and quality health care is a major factor," they all agreed.
These three sisters share the joy of creating a family legacy. Because there are so many ways to support the university, everyone can be a philanthropist. Whether you choose to make a gift today, leave a bequest through your will or trust, name the university as a percentage beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan, or perhaps some combination of these options, you can begin to create your legacy today.
Bella's kids have created gifts that will directly influence the quality of life in their communities. Their legacies will reach far beyond and touch the lives of thousands around the globe.