Honoring Extraordinary Care by Giving Back

When George F. Poppe III tells people he is a two-time cancer survivor, they always ask him how he overcame the odds. His answer is simple: faith, a positive mental attitude, and the absolute best medical care he could find.

Eighteen years ago, George was first diagnosed with rectal cancer and told he had a 60 percent chance of surviving. He credits the lifesaving treatment he received at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for his recovery. In 2011, he counted on MSK again when he was successfully treated for prostate cancer.

There are so many patients like me—and families like mine—who have benefited from the exceptional care and research made possible by planned gifts.

—George F. Poppe III

"But it wasn't just the medicine at MSK that was extraordinary," George says. He remembers his 75th birthday, which occurred during a hospital stay at MSK. He heard singing in the hallway, and suddenly his team of caregivers descended on his room with balloons and an ice cream cake. He also recalls how his wife slept at his bedside during every stay and was made to feel welcome by the entire staff.

When George prepared his estate plans, he wanted to do something special to honor the institution and the people who have given him so much. To express gratitude for his wonderful quality of life, along with the ability to work 50 hours a week and travel extensively, he made MSK a beneficiary of his will.

"There are so many patients like me—and families like mine—who have benefited from the exceptional care and research made possible by planned gifts," George says. "I hope you will consider joining with me to bring new hope to so many."

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

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