Years ago, while in the waiting room of her doctor’s office, Mercedes Caballero picked up a magazine all about City of Hope. “I read about the miracles they perform and the charitable work they do. I was so impressed,” she says.
That’s how her support started — with small donations over the years that, in turn, brought communications that furthered her understanding of City of Hope’s work. “I just love the place,” she exclaims. “The scientific work and the compassion for patients are remarkable. It’s an incredible place. And a peaceful place, too. I see that City of Hope patients don’t feel hospitalized, because they have the opportunity to walk in the beautiful gardens,” she says.
Mercedes has decided to ensure her support continues long into the future by making a bequest in her will to benefit City of Hope. “I don’t know anyone who was a patient at City of Hope,” she says, “but I feel a moral obligation to help. That sense of moral obligation came from my family; they were immigrants from Spain and Italy who settled in Guatemala. They were foreigners themselves at one time, so they understood the need to help people who were struggling. And they did it in a very private way. I learned from their example.”
When asked why she agreed to be profiled and why City of Hope is one of only three charities included in her estate, Mercedes is sure of her answer: “I want to do what I can. I have done my research and I know the funds I give will be put to good use at City of Hope.”
Sadly, Mercedes has passed away, but her kindness lives on through the patients and families her legacy gift is helping.