A Wonderful Way to Remember a Good Friend
In May, the employees of CNA Insurance lost a longtime friend and co-worker, Helen Fisher. She was diagnosed with lung cancer less than a year before, and the speed with which the disease took her was horrible and shocking. However, Helen's friends at CNA were not willing to let Helen go without celebrating her life and taking some action against the cancer which took it.
This fall, more than 55 employees in CNA's home office in Chicago gathered together to raise money in Helen's honor to support cancer research through the Cancer Research Foundation. To make their gifts even more powerful, they partnered with the CNA Foundation, which matched their donations. When all was said and done, their contributions equaled more than $6,000.
The CNA Foundation has a tradition of supporting local nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to improve the quality of life in the communities where CNA employees live and work. In this case, Thomas Motamed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNA Financial Corporation was particularly moved by dedication and friendship that motivated Helen's co-workers.
"We could not be more proud of the CNA employees who have memorialized Helen Fisher through their gifts to the Cancer Research Foundation. Their generosity, along with matching gifts from the CNA Foundation, is a clear reflection of CNA's long-standing commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where we do business,"
Having heard from some of Helen's friends, it is not difficult to understand why her memory caused so many to do so much: "In life, Helen had a love for interior design and fashion, but she is remembered most for her loyalty to her family, friends and peers." By all accounts, she loved the simple things in life, but was not opposed to a fun challenge, as evidenced by her willingness to take up biking and roller skating at 50 years old. It's not surprising that her friends were willing to rise to the challenge as well. The Cancer Research Foundation will put their gifts to work supporting novel ideas and young investigators in cancer science; with the aim of creating better treatments and cures for cancer, and our only regret is that we would have loved to have met the woman who inspired such generosity.
Special Thanks to Our Friends at CNA
"I owe a great deal to the Cancer Research Foundation for giving me a head start. This financial help made the difference between my getting a fast and successful start, and my other wise struggling to obtain the necessary funds to get my research program started."Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and Human Genetics University of Chicago
April 30, 2010