Charity Begins at Home and Expands Worldwide for ASCP Members
Monday, December 3, 2012
Over the years, E. Eugene Baillie, MD, FASCP, and his wife, Gini, have witnessed firsthand the healthcare needs in underserved areas, both in this country, as well as during their travels to Africa, Korea, and Taiwan. This need made even more of an impression on Dr. Baillie while he served as ASCP President from 2002 to 2003, as the Society was just beginning its outreach to support the medical laboratory community in sub-Saharan Africa.
“I’ve seen the need, worked with the people, as well as guided and directed some aspects, and want to see it continue,” says Dr. Baillie, a retired laboratory director who lives in Anderson, S.C.
| John Ucci, MT(ASCP)
The Baillies’ passion for medical-related philanthropies is a major reason they desire to contribute to ASCP’s ONELab Fund, a charitable fund that helps sustain the Society’s major initiatives.
“We see the need for medical professionals of all kinds, and they need to be supported,” Dr. Baillie says. “I’ve always seen the unity of the laboratory team. Gini is a laboratory professional, and I’m a pathologist. As a director of a laboratory for many years, I see the importance of a team approach.”
As a laboratory scientist, John Ucci, MT(ASCP), of Waco, Texas, said he has benefited from his involvement with ASCP. Supporting the ASCP Scholarship Fund is a one way he can give back to the Society and provide opportunities to others who might not otherwise have the chance to become a laboratory professional.
“I donate to the ASCP Scholarship Fund for our shared future—as individual laboratory professionals—as well as the future of ASCP,” he said. “Providing an opportunity to include as many talented students as possible benefits not only deserving students, but also ensures ASCP remains a vital professional organization with a pool of the most talented members, regardless of financial resources.”
During this holiday season, ASCP encourages its members to join with the Baillies, Mr. Ucci, and other donors by making a year-end, tax-deductible gift to support the Society’s initiatives. Members may also want to make a contribution in the name of an individual as a way to honor someone. Gifts may be designated to three different areas:
The ONELab Fund supports programs and activities that address the workforce shortage, providing laboratory medicine expertise to under-resourced countries, and promoting appropriate test utilization.
The ASCP Scholarship Fund helps emerging laboratory leaders—medical laboratory students—by paying for tuition, books, and living expenses.
Bright Pink supports and educates young women to be proactive surrounding prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.
“I donate to the ASCP Scholarship Fund for our shared future—as individual laboratory professionals—as well as the future of ASCP. Providing an opportunity to include as many talented students as possible benefits not only deserving students, but also ensures ASCP remains a vital professional organization with a pool of the most talented members, regardless of financial resources.”
—John Ucci, MT(ASCP)
For 90 years, ASCP’s laboratory professionals, pathologists, and residents have been making a significant impact to improve the health of patients around the globe. Please join us in supporting these programs and activities that promote the Society’s core values—Knowledge, Advancement, Collaboration, and Global Communication. To make a gift, click here.
Include ASCP in Estate Planning
Another way to support ASCP is through gift planning, such as including ASCP in your estate plans. Longtime ASCP member Besse Coleman did. Through her benevolence, ASCP received a $25,000 unrestricted gift from her estate. Ms. Coleman, a resident of Kalamazoo, Mich., passed away recently.
“We are deeply grateful for Ms. Coleman’s generosity, which will be vital to many essential ASCP resources, grants, and educational programs,” said Steven F. Ciaccio, CPA, CAE, ASCP Chief Operating Officer. “We hope it will inspire other members to give as well.”
ASCP members’ continuing generosity enables the Society to meet the most urgent needs, and to continue to advocate for issues important to pathology and the medical laboratory profession. When members make a gift, it joins the gifts of many other laboratory professionals, pathologists, and pathology residents. Our members’ gifts are quite literally making ASCP a community that is Stronger Together.