Compassion & Choices
February 27, 2009
I was so pleased to be introduced to this organization who are effectively and efficiently dealing with an issue so dear to my heart. Contributing to this organisation, with both time and money, is one of the most rewarding things in my life. Compassion & Choices are the one organisation that advocates for individual autonomy and dignity through choices at the end of life AND for changes to the law across the country to increase the information and choices available to patients. My grandmother was able to make her own decisions regarding her death from cancer, and she died on her own terms at home with her family around her - it was truly a good death and one I wish everyone could emulate. C&C works to empower patients so that the medical system is more helpful and responsive to the dying. When someone is terminally ill it is an immense comfort to them (and their loved ones) to know that they can make the important decisions about the end of their life.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
defending and implementing the Oregon law and then replicating it in Washington. Developing legislation nation wide to improve end of life care and increase knowledge and choices for dying patients. Helping individuals realize their end of life wishes.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
The people, the stories, the power of change.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Launch a national media campaign to increase awareness of end of life issues and generate a conversation amongst individuals about their choices and a debate across the country about our rights.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & Worked to build a strong united board, raised and donated funds and participated in the strategy and governance of Compassion & Choices.