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Suzy Guichard McDaniel N'83

Community Service Award

Suzy has a passion for helping those in need and has formed three 501(c)3 non-profit foundations. The Quality of Life Foundation was formed to help maintain orphanages for HIV-positive children in Honduras.  Suzy’s fundraising efforts assisted in the maintenance of Hogar Amor y Vida and Corazon de las Misiercordias in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.   In 2002 following a horseback riding accident, Suzy sustained closed brain, neck and shoulder injuries. While in physical therapy, Suzy met and was touched by the sacrifice of Carl Sampson, who sustained severe brain and head injuries in a roadside bombing in Iraq.  Suzy founded Support Our War Heroes, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, which assists military members who sustain life-altering injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, with any unmet need which may arise.  The non-partisan organization is governed by a Board of Directors and Suzy now serves as Chairman of the Board and Founder. 

In 2010, Suzy’s husband and the father of their three children, Dr. Kelvin McDaniel, was stricken with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrigs disease).  After a nine month, valiant battle, Dr. McDaniel passed away.  Suzy and her children formed the Dr. Kelvin McDaniel ALS Foundation. The mission of the Dr. Kelvin McDaniel Foundation is to award an annual medical school scholarship in the name of Dr. McDaniel, to assist others in the community with ALS through the use of the equipment loaner closet, and to support and fund treatment and cure for ALS.

Her work has touched many throughout the community, and Suzy says we all have the same obligation.   “Helping another human being in need is the ultimate gift we can give.  Teaching this through example to our next generation provides hope for our world in the future.“

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