2020 MSSNY / Dr. Duane and Joyce Cady Scholarship Recipients:
SUNY Upstate Medical School
“My mother is a Certified Nursing Assistant, earning a salary of about $39,000 for a family of seven, and my father is a yellow taxicab driver, where his income has always been unstable. Needless to say, my medical education would have been impossible if not for the kindness and generosity of donors and willingness of a committee, like you.
Thank you is not enough: Thank you for empowering me. Thank you for investing in my future and in me. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for helping my family by supporting my medical education. Thank you for enabling me to reduce some of my financial burden I have incurred over the years. Thank you for allowing me to be able to invest more in the communities I will serve as a future family medicine physician. I vow to continue to serve as an active leader in my community and to make sure I always give back. I hope to see more access for students like me, I greatly and gratefully appreciate it. Thank you so much again!“
SUNY Upstate Medical School
“I am honored to receive this recognition of my prior accomplishments and your faith that I will be successful in my future endeavors. The financial assistance that you have graciously provided will be invaluable to me as I start residency and begin my own career in medicine. Although ambitious, I hope to leave a legacy that follows in [Dr. Duane Cady’s] footsteps. The internet has provided me a vast amount of information about his accomplishments. It is inspiring to win an award which is named after someone who leaves such a legacy and improved the lives of countless people. It is with great pride that I strive to contribute to the ideals which he worked to uphold for his entire life.”
“In addition, I hope that this is not a faceless process by which I cannot truly express my gratitude through writing. If at all possible, I would like to thank you in person for your generosity. It is the least that I can do for having benefited from your generosity. I am looking forward to speaking with you.”
David and Donna Marie Meza Fund:
“I want to inspire action,” says Dr. Madejski. “I see the struggles every day in my patients and community members with so many remediable problems. We try to help in our practice, but we need to reach out further and create a better and healthier society.”
The AMA Foundation has a long-standing Community Health Program that is dedicated to supporting vulnerable populations and improving health equity. This new fund will support initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to addressing health disparities and promoting health equity in diverse, economically disadvantaged environments through both the Foundation’s Community Health Program and the AMA’s Center for Health Equity.
As one of the delegates from MSSNY (Medical Society of the State of NY), which sponsored the original resolution to be passed by the AMA’s House of Delegates in 2018 which resulted in the creation of the Center for Health Equity, Frank Dowling, MD is honored to be one of the Meza Health Equity Fund’s lead donors. “I’m pleased and proud to have the opportunity to donate to the Meza Health Equity Fund,” expressed Dr. Dowling. “This fund provides more resources for the AMA, through the Center for Health Equity, and the AMA Foundation, to support community-based pilot projects and programs that seek to eliminate the inequities that cause these unacceptable disparities in health and health care outcomes.”
Dr. David Meza delivered more than ten thousand babies over his career and served as a leader at the Medical Society of the State of New York as well as the Empire State Medical, Scientific and Educational Foundation. The Meza Health Equity Fund honors the life and career of David and his wife Donna Marie, and thanks them for the outstanding mentorship that was afforded to both Tom and Sandra.