Coral Gables 100-yr old woman donated 35.6 million

Florida native’s fortune goes to local diabetes and cancer research

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A 100-year-old woman who quietly amassed a vast fortune before her death last year left $35.6 million to local diabetes and cancer research.

Eugenia Dodson donated two-thirds of the money to the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute, the largest gift in its 35-year history. The rest goes to the university’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“She didn’t want any recognition in her lifetime, so she directed her lawyer to keep it confidential,” said Dr. W. Jarrard Goodwin, director of the Sylvester Center. “I told her people would be grateful. She said, ‘No, I don’t want anyone to know.”‘

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Lately, many celebrities and other rich people donate money and want all the recognition in the world. It is nice to see that someone who deserves the front page shy away from it and give truly from the heart. You never know who lives next door to you. This woman lived a very simple life and wanted to do some good to leave her mark on the world. She is probably saving hundreds of thousands of lives with this gift. Rest in peace Eugenia. ;-)

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