I was thinking this morning about the amazing anonymous gift that we received (and I blogged about) yesterday. I also thought about the relationship of money and of research. What did this donor purchase with their gift? What does our research offer in return for the monetary investment?
And what was it that motivated this person to be so very generous with their gift? Does this person have a loved one who is diagnosed with IBD? Love is a powerful motivator and the love of a child or grandchild probably one of the greatest motivators. In a situation like IBD, where money cannot pay to take away the pain and stress of an illness like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis - our donor chose to see the bigger picture.
He or she, by giving a gift of this size, invested in the future of their loved one. As with all investments, there are risks. But when faced by the often overwhelming lack of control that comes from watching a child suffer, this person, our angel donor, stepped up and took back some of what the diagnosis of IBD had taken. This person took back hope.
The generosity of this gift not only gives hope back to our donor but to everyone who lives with this insidious disease. Thank you, whoever you are, for choosing to believe in the power of this research, for choosing hope.