A global perspective on supporting communities

PATH donor Diana Carey with her family

Linda, Diana, and Chuck Carey are helping families worldwide by supporting PATH. Photo: Courtesy of Diana Carey.

Diana Carey is an avid supporter of causes close to home, from her community’s arts to its social services. Yet it’s hard to read a newspaper without seeing headlines about the tremendous health needs in communities across the world. Malaria, HIV, diarrheal disease, cervical cancer—their effects cross borders and touch millions of lives.

That’s why Diana, an attorney in Seattle, and her family choose to give to PATH. “PATH provides a different perspective,” she says, “because PATH helps us look beyond our immediate interest in our community to a more global world. I think having PATH on our list of contributions is very important to fill that type of global consciousness.”

Diana first learned of PATH from a colleague who invited her to the Breakfast for Global Health. “I was so enthused about what PATH did,” she recalls. In 2006, Diana brought her daughter, Linda—then 15 years old—to PATH to visit the Seattle headquarters. Both were impressed by how PATH’s simple innovations make sense for the people who use them—such as a female condom that allows women to protect themselves against HIV or a birthing kit that provides an expectant mother with soap, a clean sheet, and other tools to help safely deliver her baby.

But it wasn’t until a family trip to Zambia and South Africa in 2006 that Diana understood the real impact of PATH’s work. She saw firsthand Africa’s extreme poverty, the challenges poor people face in traveling from rural areas to access health care, and the burden of HIV. In these contexts, PATH’s work seemed vitally necessary.

Diana and her husband, Chuck, have had other opportunities to build their global perspective, through the adoption of their daughter from China ten years ago and subsequent visits to the country. By supporting PATH, they support the people they have met in their travels who lack the means for good health.

Diana and Chuck try to instill their own value of charitable giving in their daughter. Learning about PATH and its work has helped Linda increase her awareness of global need. “Being from a poor country herself, I think she was already inclined to understand,” Diana says. “But to actually see what PATH is doing kind of hammers that home.”

As the world faces tough economic times, it’s especially important to give, Diana says. “Disease doesn’t know any ups and downs of economics,” she points out.

“Our family is extremely fortunate, and we have the ability to take care of our health needs. It’s clear to me that not everybody has that opportunity. And I think by giving to PATH, we can help more families have a better start.”