"In September 2011, Steve was drawn to enroll in BioTech 101, after hearing Kathy speak so glowingly about what was happening with Hudson Alpha, having learned about the work of the institution while participating in the Huntsville Leadership program earlier that year. God had a plan, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer just a few weeks after Steve completed the 101 sessions. Faced with a myriad of choices and decisions, Steve was better able to interpret much of the medical jargon so much more effectively and supported me as a full partner throughout our journey. In April 2012, Hudson Alpha held its inaugural Double-Helix Dash. Having completed surgery and chemo, and just about to start radiation therapy, we decided to use the 1-mile walk as a celebration of our progress. With both of us bald, we walked that one mile VERY slowly, with smiles and laughter as we were being passed by toddlers. But we made it and have tried our best to make that same walk every Spring since, as I am now cancer free. During these past 11 years, we have learned so much more about the full scope of the work of Hudson Alpha and our opportunity to be a part of this tremendous legacy through planned giving. As a long-term employee of the Huntsville Botanical Garden, the work being performed on plant science and sustainability aligns so well with the mission of the Garden. We have chosen to support this project, while at the same time honoring Steve's parents as they worked the land throughout their working lives. We are excited about what has been accomplished Hudson Alpha, but even more excited about what is to come. We see it as a privilege to share our support through annual giving, a capital project commitment, and as members of the Double Helix Society. Our resources are certainly not as large as many other donors, but we are thrilled to be part of the Hudson Alpha family."