Millie Greenman’s devotion to City of Hope budded from the influence of her mother. She belonged to one of City of Hope’s first chapters, Pioneer Chapter No. 3.
The roots of the chapter movement are entwined with City of Hope’s birth in 1913. This nationwide grassroots network of volunteers gathered donations to help create the medical center — a tuberculosis sanatorium at first.
City of Hope has changed a lot in the century since. With tuberculosis vanquished, the institution turned to fighting other life-threatening diseases: cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS, among others. Loyal chapters, though, continue to give.
Volunteers raise millions of dollars yearly through events like galas and fashion shows, as well as their own gifts. Members become both friends and fundraisers.
So it was with Millie, a member of the Esperanza Chapter for more than 15 years. Her cohorts honored her as their “Woman of the Year” in 2005.
“She worked very hard for City of Hope,” said Delsey Zuzak, a neighbor at the Leisure World retirement community in Laguna Woods, Calif. “She thought it was the best charity when it comes to helping people out.”
Each year, she would renew her fervor for City of Hope with a visit to tour the campus. In between, she enjoyed her retirement years while living frugally to save as much as she could for City of Hope’s fight against disease.
The result? A generous bequest for City of Hope.
“She loved life and loved being able to help give more life to other people,” Zuzak said. “Millie gave with all her heart.”