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Lee Varallo O’Hagan
Why I Give to Fox Chase
This fall, six Fox Chase donors came together to talk about their motivations for giving and their relationship with Fox Chase. We distilled that two-hour conversation into this 5-minute video, which debuted at the November 4 Laurel Society Recognition Event. Our hope is that all of our supporters will hear familiar themes that speak to their own reasons for giving to Fox Chase. Launch video »
When Lee Varallo O'Hagan was 24 years old, the recent college graduate was excited about her new job and planning a future with her fiancé Paul O"Hagan. Cancer was definitely not part of their plans. But there it was, a life-altering diagnosis of stage IV oral cancer. After Lee was diagnosed, she and Paul explored a few hospitals. They chose Fox Chase, not knowing at the time that they were choosing the best care in the region.
"We've never looked back," Lee says. "My team treated me with such humanity and devotion. I was never a number to them, but a person with feelings and dreams. They helped me survive physically and emotionally and supported Paul as he struggled along with me."
Once treatment ended, Lee wanted to share the strength her team gave her with other cancer patients. As a pharmacist, she knows the critical need for health care funding and understands that better medical outcomes come when funding is robust. She says, "I know the best gift we can give is financial support."