As a PhD candidate in speech and hearing science at The Ohio State University, Leopold understands the importance of research funds, but her donation to the Breast Center goes past that.
“We all think about the cure,” she says. “But my mother’s cancer wasn’t curable, and what was important to us was the care she received during her time there. I want other women who are going through similar situations to receive the same level of support. I want them to know that they are still who they are and that they are still beautiful.”
When asked what giving back to the Breast Center means to her, Leopold sums it up in one word: gratifying. “I know my mother’s legacy will continue on from all the lives that she touched. I wanted to give back to the place that touched her life,” she says.
Sarah’s mother died on May 27, 2015, three years after beginning her second fight with breast cancer, but she remains in the hearts of her family, her friends and everyone she touched through teaching.