Kim Patterson Murphy was working in New York for a design firm in 1999 when she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). After a brief remission, Kim came to MD Anderson for a bone marrow transplant.
During this time, her family and friends raised enough money for a post-recovery vacation. However, at Kim’s insistence, her husband Brian and parents John and Nora arranged for these funds to go toward a different cause. They established a fund that would support leukemia research and housing assistance for families of bone marrow transplant patients at MD Anderson.
Shortly after this, Kim and Brian were married in the chapel at MD Anderson. Kim passed away about two weeks later, at age 29.
Endowments like the Kimberly Patterson Endowment for Patient Assistance are the lifeblood of the department of Social Work. They help eliminate barriers to care that patients and their families face upon diagnosis. Often, these barriers are as tangible as transportation, lodging, meals and psychological and social counseling. But patients also face unanticipated logistical difficulties alongside treatment. Navigating the MD Anderson campus can be difficult. Knowing appropriate contacts involved in a treatment plan can also be challenging. Social work counselors desperately need financial support to help patients during this vulnerable time.
Thanks to the Patterson Endowment, there will always be help for patients and families struggling with leukemia at MD Anderson.
You can establish an endowed fund for a minimum of $100,000.
Call 713-563-4084 for more information.