Why I Support Tomorrow’s Discoveries

June 18, 2020
Topics: Donors, Pediatric Research

Chris St. Paul Blog 400 06.18.2020

I’ve always been fascinated by the history of medical research. The fact that scientists were able over the decades to make discoveries related to an understanding of such diseases as smallpox, diphtheria and childhood polio, and to then come up with treatment or prevention, put them on an almost unreal intellectual pedestal for me. 

Research as a current field came to my notice particularly as the owner of a company that provides services to adults and children with severe developmental and medical disabilities. For a time, I was integrally involved in the lives of adults with a little known chromosomal disorder known as Prader-Willi Syndrome and came to rely on the latest research to help me better understand how best to serve them on a daily basis. Now, having retired, I’m associated with a non-profit organization that provides support to families of children with life-altering medical conditions. These families live with daily challenges that most of us can only imagine. 

In considering how best to designate funds in my will, Riley Children’s Foundation checked all the boxes for me. Their amazing pediatric research program, that targets such significant conditions as cancer, heart defects and cystic fibrosis, may one day be the cornerstone of discoveries that help to eradicate those conditions from the face of the earth.  

It gives me comfort to think that in some small way I might be a contributor to those efforts and that something good and remarkable may come of them.

To explore making a planned gift to Riley and becoming a part of our 1924 Society, visit Rileykids.planmylegacy.org

Chris St. Paul

Chris St. Paul is a former owner of a statewide case management company that works to connect individuals with developmental disabilities to Medicaid Waiver services and supports. During that tenure, she had the opportunity to be involved in the creation of statewide policies to help benefit that population, as well as in their relocation from large-scale institutions to their own homes in the community. Chris happily spends her retirement traveling, working with several local not-for-profit agencies and making really good chicken soup for her children and grandchildren

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