The State Employee Charitable Campaign kicked off about 10 days ago. Dr. Gary Hankins is the campaign chair this year, and I heard him speak about what the campaign means to him. It was really moving (his department, ObGyn, is always among the leaders in giving and participation). I love the campaign, have had the honor to be involved in it since my early days at UTMB. I love it for two reasons: 1) the good it does so many people in so many ways; and 2) I love what it says about us.
Through good times and bad, flush times and lean ones (mostly lean lately), the people–you people– have consistently put aside your own fears, needs, concerns–and recognized that there were others who had greater needs, who needed help. I think last year may be the classic example, when still deep in pain from Hurricane Ike, we managed to come up with more than $300,000 to help others with recovery, even as many here were digging out from the debris of their own homes and putting their own lives back together.
That feels good, it restores my faith in people, embodies me with hope for a better future.
For the many we serve, I hope you’ll help me make Dr. Hankins’ campaign a record-setter. Get details and see where we stand…