A life made richer through giving

Therese Berg
Therese Berg

In 1995, Therese Berg honored the memory of her late husband, Robert Berg, by giving a charitable gift annuity to the Arizona Cancer Center. That and subsequent gift annuities for the Cancer Center will ultimately create the Robert L. Berg Fellowship Endowment for Research in the Cancer Biology Doctoral Program. It was an act that represented a continuation of personal commitment – both Berg’s husband and son died of cancer – and a commitment to philanthropy, to research and to setting a positive example.

“When I make gifts, I choose things close to my heart,” Berg said.

Berg, a University of Arizona graduate, has been generously giving to her alma mater since 1971. Each gift is devoted to educating future generations of UA students studying medicine, public health, education and aerospace engineering and supports a fund named for a beloved family member.

“After I learned about charitable gift annuities, I decided right away that I could forever remember my loved ones with this kind of permanent gift and also receive an income for life,” Berg said.

The Robert L. Berg Fellowship Endowment will become a cornerstone of the Cancer Center’s Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. (For more information, see Future cancer research specialists trained here.) Berg’s gifts will support the training of students for research and academic careers in areas that directly impact our understanding of cancer prevention and treatment.

Born and raised in Tucson, Berg’s family played an integral role in the life of the community. Her grandfather came to Tucson from Mexico and founded the Spanish language newspaper El Fronterizo in 1870. Her father, Charles, owned an auto-supply business and later became a deputy sheriff in Tucson.

Berg, 90, has dedicated her life to education. She graduated from the UA with an education degree in 1942 and tirelessly worked as a teacher and counselor. She retired after 40 years in the field, but never slowed down. She swims almost daily and enjoys the lasting relationships that make her life richer.

Berg said that as long as the University remains, her gifts will make a difference.

“Pick a cause you really believe in, and give to things that will last longer than you will,” she said. “The more I give, the more I get.”

By making a planned gift to the Arizona Cancer Center, you provide a legacy that benefits future generations. Please consider creating a legacy for you and your family. To learn more, please visit www.azcc.arizona.edu/giving, e-mail development@azcc.arizona.edu or call (800) 327-5279.