Comprehensive Cancer Center inspires staff

Comprehensive Cancer Center staff members and donors to the Cancer Center © UC Regents
Marnie Livingston, Tammy Welden and Abbey DeGraffenreid

Posted May 8, 2013

Marnie Livingston is grateful that her breast cancer was caught early and treated successfully. Tammy Welden is appreciative for her son’s renewed health after an accident left him near death. Abbey DeGraffenreid is thankful that she no longer has signs of lymphoma. And Terri Wolf is glad for her secure job as an oncology nurse.

They are among a growing number of UC Davis Health System employees who invest in community health by supporting the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Livingston, an executive assistant, is donating $5,000 to the cancer center’s expansion project to honor her surgical oncologist, James Goodnight.

“I am donating because I want to make sure that other people can get the kind of care that I received,” says Livingston.

Abbey DeGraffenreid, who works in perioperative services, is donating $5,000 to honor Goodnight, $2,500 to name an infusion chair and $2,500 to lymphoma research.

“I hope to make whatever little difference in someone else’s life I can.”

Tammy Welden, an administrative assistant, has committed $5,000 to the expansion and $5,000 for two infusion chairs. Her commitment to the medical center began in 2006 when a vehicle struck her teenage son, leaving him in a coma. Now a college student, he has made dramatic progress in his rehabilitation.

In 2008, Welden became an employee of the health system and is now working full-time at the cancer center. She also volunteers at UC Davis events.

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“I am always looking for ways to help out.”

Terri Wolf, nursing and quality coordinator for the UC Davis Cancer Care Network, has committed $10,000 to name a discharge station.

“As a nurse, I know the importance of a great organization, and part of that comes from what donors contribute,” she says.

For Michele Steiner, associate director for development, their dedication makes her proud.

“It’s inspiring to see so many employees who give so much in their work every day illustrate this commitment with financial support.“