“And knock on wood,”says Edward “Doc” Emde, “I’m five years cancer free.” Emde, who has worked in the MGH Environmental Services Department for 41 years, was diagnosed with prostate cancer after a physical exam with his primary care physician in 2012. “I immediately thought of my wife and daughters. I started crying. What was I supposed to tell them?” he said.

Emde and his wife returned to the hospital the next week for a roundtable discussion of his care plan and they agreed that surgery was his best option. Within two weeks, he underwent successful surgery and has been cancer free ever since.

To thank the MGH and his team of caregivers, Emde now serves as a My Giving Helps champion, fundraising for the MGH Fund and United Way.

Employees can donate to the MGH Fund, United Way or both. Gifts to the MGH Fund provide flexible funding that allows resources to be put to use immediately where and when they are needed most. Gifts to the United Way aid more than 180 organizations in the Boston area.

With Emde’s help and that of champions throughout the hospital, the My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign has raised more than $822,000 so far this year. The 2017 campaign officially comes to a close Dec. 31.

Being a My Giving Helps champion gives Emde the opportunity to share his story and to show his gratitude. For him it’s easy. “That is why I give – for all they did for me,” he says.

To learn more about the campaign or to donate, visitwww.mygivinghelps.org.Keep up to date on campaign happenings by following My Giving Helps on Facebook.

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