Caring for Body and Spirit

When Katheryn Menaged learned that her mother had been diagnosed with advanced cancer, she knew immediately that her mother needed the very best care available. And in the mind of this native New Yorker, there was only one option: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

MSK's Planned Giving donor Katheryn Menaged
Katheryn Menaged

Katheryn knew of the Center's reputation for extraordinary research and care, but MSK managed to exceed her high expectations.

As her mother's condition worsened, Katheryn spent more time at her bedside. MSK staff worked with her to make this happen.

"They made the hospital a home-away-from-home for my mother and for me—keeping her comfortable and allowing me to sleep at her bedside," she says.

She is quick to note that the care her mother received went beyond basic medical procedures.

"They took excellent care of her body and her spirit, and helped me to be present for her in her final days," Katheryn says.

This gift of time with her mother is one that she treasures still, eight years after her mother's passing. And it is what inspired Katheryn to begin making annual gifts to support MSK in her mother's memory.

But she didn't stop there. In honor of the compassionate care her mother received, Katheryn also pledged her long-term support to the Center by naming MSK as a beneficiary of her retirement account.

"This kind of gift is simple to accomplish, and it allows me to know my assets are making a difference for Memorial Sloan Kettering and for countless cancer patients and their families," she says.

We gratefully acknowledge their visionary commitment to MSK's future and recognize them as members of the Cullum Society.