When Mildred Mindell died of breast cancer in 1957 at age 38, a group of young women were inspired to ensure her legacy would live on.
The women were close to Mindell, who was the Phi Delta sorority adviser at Forest Park Senior High School and acted as a mentor to many. And so, the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation was founded.
“She really had a wonderful relationship with them and really stressed the importance of giving back to the community and philanthropy,” said Susie Mindell, Mildred’s daughter-in-law whom she never got to meet.
The organization celebrates 60 years of giving on Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valley Mansion by Martin’s in Cockeysville.
“We’re in some ways trying to bring her back to life,” Susie said. A video will be shown that will discuss who Mildred was and how she influenced these women. Sixteen of the 22 founding members are still alive, and they, along with past presidents, will be honored.
The group raises money mainly for patient aide but also gives to research and education. Over the years, it has contributed more than $5 million to a number of nonprofits and local organizations including Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, GBMC, Mercy Hospital, Sinai Hospital and Union Memorial, among others. The organization has bought equipment, furnished rooms and funded camp scholarships.
“I’m so proud of having my name linked to hers, and that’s my one regret — that I never met her personally,” Susie said. “It certainly would have made her very proud to see how long her name was behind the efforts for all these years.”
For more information, contact Susie Mindell at 410-484-1331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.