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Annabelle Jones makes the effort every day to improve the future lives of our next generations. Retired after 33 years serving children as an elementary school teacher, she continues to make a difference in the lives of children through reading with them at the local library and working on projects in her community to help create a healthy future. An advocate for the preservation of natural resources, she shares with others her philosophy that we all should "tread lightly on the earth." Annabelle is committed to reducing her carbon footprint. She is proud of the fact that she is "98% off the grid" through her use of solar energy.
A breast cancer survivor, Annabelle was diagnosed in the summer of 1989 after coming to San Antonio for surgery. She went to then Cancer Therapy & Research Center, which is now known as UT Health Cancer Center, for a second opinion and treatment. Concerned about her health, her job and her family, "I felt I received kind, generous and professional care that worked with my needs and allowed me to go home to San Angelo, finish raising my children, and go on to complete international studies."
Annabelle has always believed that research was the key to unlocking life's mysteries. Growing up in the 1950s, she vividly remembers everyone collecting nickels and dimes that helped eliminate polio with the development of a vaccine used worldwide today. "I believe research is the answer. There have been so many advances in breast cancer treatment since I was diagnosed in 1989."
She is an activist for several non-profit organizations that have the goal of beating breast cancer by 2020. Annabelle has made the decision to leave the UT Health Cancer Center, which is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, a bequest through her will to be used for breast cancer research. Just like when she was growing up, she knows that each contribution to this vital research will make that goal a reality.
"I am just a retired school teacher, but I believe we are all in the same boat, and each of us needs to do what we can to help row the boat. I strongly believe we all should get behind the innovative research efforts at the cancer center to defeat cancer. I want my legacy to be that in the future, our children and grandchildren will not have to deal with the pain and fear of cancer. I hope my contribution creates a domino effect with others to give what they can."
She is a strong believer that women with cancer need support groups. "I am grateful because I feel I am always welcome to call the cancer center with a question, come in and get a checkup or take one of the new classes in healthy cooking." She has been an active member of the Cancer Center Cabinet since it started in 1996 and enjoys her membership in the Laureate Society, an organization for individuals who have made a bequest to the university.
She has reached out to others after her successful battle with cancer by participating in the Breast Cancer Coalition. As a breast cancer activist, for many years Annabelle has been a member of the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation, a participant in events in San Angelo and San Antonio and a regular volunteer for the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium that brings together thousands of health care professionals from around the world focused on curing breast cancer.
The word "philanthropy" is derived from Greek words generally meaning "love of humankind." Annabelle Jones reminds us that being a philanthropist is within the reach of each and every one of us, who acts to enhance the quality of life and helps others in need. She describes herself as a survivor and an activist, but she has become a philanthropist, giving from her heart to improve the future health of others. She joins UT Health San Antonio with its goal "to make lives better."