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As the chief administrator of the San Diego Housing Commission, I am
constantly called to plan for the future. I understand, therefore, why
people might presume that my decision to make a planned gift to Wake Forest
is rooted in that forward-looking mindset.
In truth, however, that is not the case. I would have committed to a
planned gift regardless of my career path, and I would have made that
decision because Wake Forest has been central to my life.
When I was 16, I sustained a broken neck in a car crash. Doctors at what is
now Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center originally feared I
wouldn't walk again. But they didn't give up. And they ultimately put me
After that, how could I go anywhere else to college?
The comprehensive, robust liberal arts education that I received at Wake
Forest put me on a path for career success. How could I forget that,
So all of that has driven me to give back in my lifetime. Planned giving is
a vehicle to extend my gratitude.
I have directed my gift to something dear to me and to my family, the
Magnolia Scholars program. My father had a 10th-grade education.
I grew up as one of 27 cousins in Elkin, North Carolina, and I was the
first of them to graduate from college. Today, my job obligates me to look
out for low-income kids. The convergence of these factors - past and
present - helped me decide that Magnolia Scholars, first-generation
students who would not attend Wake Forest without considerable scholarship
support, would be a perfect choice for my future giving.
Every Wake Forester's journey is unique, but I encourage everyone to
consider planned giving. I feel the benefits of my commitment every day,
and I know the impact will last even longer than my association with the
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