Alexandra Smith | August 6, 2018
Sheila (McDaniel) Henry ’87 knew if she was going to make a career in fundraising, it would have to be for a cause she was passionate about. She found that passion at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she spent 18 years raising money for cancer research.
As a three-time cancer survivor since she was 17 years old, Henry found her work deeply meaningful.
“I am absolutely committed to the mission of the organization as a cancer survivor,” Henry says. “For me to be close to the discoveries and knowing that progress was really happening and that I had a role as a fundraiser to contributing to it, that was very personal work to me.”
A Personal Journey
When Henry was a senior in high school, she was diagnosed with a sarcoma. After surgery, she was able to graduate on time and attend Notre Dame in the fall of 1983.
During her sophomore year as an American Studies major, her schedule included 10 rounds of chemotherapy at St. Joseph Hospital because the sarcoma recurred in her lung, something she was warned about after her first surgery.
A big concern for Henry was being able to stay at Notre Dame, something her parents continually supported.
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