Give from within: Victors for Michigan campaign

March 20, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

Lisa Beyer gives to the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Helping Hands Fund and Project Healthy Schools.

As a research laboratory specialist associate at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute, Lisa Beyer plays a vital role in improving the lives of patients and community members. Her team of researchers and scientists — which she joined more than two decades ago in 1997 — makes strides to impact those with hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction.

But Lisa is also doing her part to make a difference in other areas of Michigan Medicine — making gifts to two Michigan Medicine funds as part of the Victors for Michigan giving campaign. Michigan Medicine community members are asked to support programs that are meaningful to them through the faculty, staff and retirees portion of the campaign, which runs through March 31.

“I have given back to Michigan Medicine because of the personal experiences that my immediate and extended family have had while at the hospital,” Lisa said. “The support and care my family received has been invaluable during some stressful times.”

One of the areas Lisa supports is the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Helping Hands Fund. The fund is critical to the financial stability of cancer patients and their families. Her gift helps provide lodging, meals, medicine, dentistry, rent and transportation to cancer patients with the greatest needs.

Lisa chose the Helping Hands Fund because she lost both her father and father in-law to cancer.

“I know the emotional rollercoaster that a family goes through after a cancer diagnosis, so I choose to support the Helping Hands Fund because the financial strain that can occur during this time should not be additional factor that families should have to worry about,” Lisa said.

The other fund she supports, Project Healthy Schools, is a school-based program aimed at reducing childhood obesity and its associated long-term health risks. As an employee of U-M, Lisa said she has participated in Active U since it began and appreciates the wellness opportunities that U-M has provided over the years.

“I have tried to incorporate much of what I have learned through the MHealthy programs at home with my family. Cooking healthy meals and taking family walks are just some of the things we do,” Lisa said. “But not everyone has those resources available to them, so Project Healthy Schools is a great way to educate youth on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how to make it fun.”

Lisa said giving back is important, whether it be monetarily or by volunteering her time.

“The Faculty and Staff campaign — as well as convenient options like payroll deduction — makes it easy and possible for anyone to make an impact,” Lisa said.

If you give, you’ll join hundreds of Michigan Medicine colleagues like Lisa. Contribute by clicking here and then designating a certain U-M or Michigan Medicine department you wish to support.

Thank you for playing your role and being a Victor for Michigan!