Charitable Journeys: Josephine Molle and the American Cancer Society

Dec 1, 2023

In the world of philanthropy, there are stories that touch the heart and inspire others to make a difference. Today, we share the touching journey of Josephine Molle, a donor advised fund client whose late husband, Tony, bravely faced a Stage 4 Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) diagnosis. Current estimates for the total number of GIST cases diagnosed each year in the United States range from about 4,000 to about 6,000 according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

For four years, Tony and Josephine faced the battle head-on, navigating treatment options and finding strength in the midst of uncertainty. Unfortunately, the disease progressed, and Tony passed in 2022. Their journey was marked by the resilience of the human spirit and the challenges that come with a Stage 4 diagnosis. What they realized during their health journey is that, for these rare tumors, more research is needed for treatment options when surgery is not possible.  Josephine, inspired by the American Cancer Society’s mission of commitment to research, made a heartfelt decision to give back. Through a donor advised fund, she found a meaningful way to honor Tony’s memory and express her gratitude.

Josephine’s generous donation has become a beacon of hope for others facing similar challenges. It contributes to ACS’ mission of advancing research, offering patient support services, and advocating for policies that save lives.

Josephine’s story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of giving back. As we reflect on her journey, may it inspire us all to consider the ways in which we can support organizations like the American Cancer Society, whether through time, resources, or donor advised funds. In doing so, we honor the memories of those we’ve lost and contribute to a brighter, more hopeful future for those still facing the challenges of cancer.


Images provided by Josephine Molle.

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