As the year end approaches, it is a time to take stock of the things for which we are thankful. Today, we share the story of Megan. who supports Magee not only through her work here, but also as a donor. This is the story of why she gives, in her own words: 

When I was 27 years old, I went to the emergency room because I had severe abdominal pain that grew worse by the moment. The last thing I expected to hear was that a large ovarian tumor had been discovered during one of my scans. My fear soon gave way to relief after I was transferred to UPMC Magee-Womens. It was at Magee that my mother underwent over seven years of procedures in her efforts to conceive me, so in our family Magee is synonymous with hope.

There I received world-class care from a surgical team that is second to none in both skill and compassion. I will forever be grateful for the peace of mind that Magee gave me, not only through the medical care that I received but through the knowledge that the trials that I faced would be used to improve diagnosis and treatment for future patients through the efforts undertaken by the researchers at the Magee-Women’s Research Institute, the largest research institute in the world dedicated solely to women’s health.

I am thankful that such a tremendous resource exists right here in Western Pennsylvania and that I was able to receive the amazing care that I did. I am also grateful that the cells from my tumor were then utilized in research, providing insight in to my disease that will help to improve treatment for scared young women like me. That is why I donate to support the research done at MWRIF.

You don’t need a medical degree to help create a healthier future! Today, in celebration of the holiday season and as my way of giving back to those who supported me during my recovery, I will be making a gift to women’s health research at Magee. I hope that you will join me and make your own gift in honor of the special people in your life who have supported you when you needed it most.

Every gift makes a difference. Give the gift of hope today!

We are so thankful for Megan, and all who support our work to improve the future for women, children, and families. If you would like to donate to support patients like Megan, visit