Note from blog editor: During the month of May, Methodist Healthcare launched a transplant donor awareness campaign, encouraging fans to declare they had officially changed their Facebook status to be an organ donor. Names were collected throughout the month and one name was selected to choose a charity and Methodist would provide a $2,500 donation. The winner is Nikki Yuill, LCSW, a social worker in the oncology unit at Methodist Hospital. Nikki was thrilled to have the chance to be a “philanthropist” and had a tough time choosing a charity. She settled on three organizations: WINGS, SLEW and Gulu Hope. In this blog, Nikki shares more about the charities she chose and why.

Nikki Yuill:
First off, let me just say that it is soooo fun to give! So glad Methodist Healthcare is raising awareness about Organ Donation and giving back to San Antonio and the world! Thank you Methodist Healthcare!

The dilemma was trying to narrow down what charity to give to. We are very blessed in San Antonio to have many wonderful individuals and organizations that are tirelessly helping the underserved. I have a great respect and admiration for the three women below who are changing lives, helping others and following their passions. My three charities were:

SLEW Wellness Center
Olga Young, Executive Director, 210-654-7900
SLEW stands for Support-Lending for Emotional Wellbeing, Inc. SLEW is a Godsend for so many women in San Antonio who need cancer related support. SLEW helps these women to feel whole again. They provide direct financial, emotional and referral assistance to disadvantaged women going through cancer treatment.

WINGS
Terri Jones, Executive Director, 210-946-9464
WINGS stands for Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving, Sharing. The mission of WINGS is to provide comprehensive breast health care services to women in Central and South Texas because everyone deserves a lifetime. These are women who otherwise would have fallen through the cracks and their breast cancer gone untreated or undertreated. It is a shining light to breast cancer patients who are facing one of the biggest battles of their lives.

Gulu Hope/Havens of Hope
Dr. Sally Baynton, Founder, 210-279-1177
Havens of Hope is the newest arm of Gulu Hope, a well-established charity in Uganda. Havens delivers nutrition, daily care and comfort to children suffering from Nodding Disease. When I first saw the pictures of the children suffering from Nodding Disease, and their parents sitting next to them helplessly, I was horrified. Entire villages are being devastated by this mysterious disease and there is a tremendous lack of direct aid, research, and lack of direct government intervention. I thank God that there are women like Sally that are making these children and the entire village feel that someone is listening and someone cares.

Thank you to Methodist and Thank YOU to Olga, Terri and Sally for all that you are doing!

P.S. Don’t forget one of the easiest gifts we can give…sign up to be an organ donor at
Donate Life Texas

Nikki Yuill, LCSW
Oncology Support Team Coordinator
Methodist Hospital
7700 Floyd Curl Dr
San Antonio, TX 78229
Dunique.Yuill@MHShealth.com
www.facebook.com/youngpeoplegetcancertoo

Kindness is a language which the blind can see and the deaf can hear.

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