Nurse Says Exceptional Cancer Care Moved Her to Give

Today She's Cancer Free and Encourages Others to Consider MSK in Their Will

Annemarie Schlegel knows that patient trust goes a long way in a treatment's effectiveness.

So when Annemarie, a nurse for almost 50 years, was diagnosed with endometrial cancer, she sought an institution that she could trust absolutely.

"I contacted just about every one of my friends in the medical community and they unanimously recommended Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center," Annemarie says.

Annemarie uses words like exceptional, extraordinary, insight, and kindness to describe the treatment and care that she received from her doctors.

"Dr. Carol Brown, cared for me with extraordinary skill and compassion," says Annemarie. "And, when just a year later I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, I was treated by the late surgeon Dr. Douglas Wong—again, with exceptional insight and kindness. I've now been cancer-free for 13 years and enjoy a wonderful quality of life."

When Annemarie began her estate planning, she reflected on the institutions that have affected her the most profoundly. She had made annual gifts to MSK for a long time but wanted to extend her commitment, so she named the Center as a beneficiary in her will.

"I know that every dollar given to MSK will be put to work quickly, directly, and for the good of countless patients like me," Annemarie says.

She shares her story so that others might see the impact they can bring.

I know that every dollar given to MSK will be put to work quickly, directly, and for the good of countless patients like me.

—Annemarie Schlegel

Memorial Sloan Kettering gratefully acknowledges her visionary commitment to the Center's future and recognizes her as a member of the Cullum Society.

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