What do you get the couple who has everything? On the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary, the Honorable Marvin E. and Carole Segal asked friends and family to consider a gift that reflected the same love and commitment that kept them a couple for half a century. To celebrate their life together, they requested that people make gifts to the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center—where their beautiful, five-year-old grandniece, Daphne, receives her treatment for type 1 diabetes.
“It was an amazing gift that we really weren’t expecting,” said Daphne’s mom and the Segal’s niece, Ilyssa Sena, who lives in Short Hills, NJ, with her three daughters and husband. “But this is who they are. They like to celebrate by helping other people.”
The Segal’s anniversary party was held in Garden City, NY on May 11—exactly a year to the day of Daphne’s diagnosis. Contributions in Daphne’s honor have been received from the Segal’s friends and family totaling close to $3,000.
“We are honored to be a part of this wonderful tribute,” said the Berrie Center’s Chief Development Officer, Troy Finn. “It really is a testament to the power of love and commitment. Gifts like this support a steady flow of funding that allows the Berrie Center to maintain its high standard of excellence in research and diabetes care. We sincerely thank the Segals, the Senas, and all of their friends and family members for their generosity.”
Ilyssa recalled that the whole family was heartbroken when Daphne was first diagnosed. But now, “She is doing really well,” said Ilyssa. “She is taking an active part in her own care and is brave and strong and has accepted diabetes as part of her life. She loves gymnastics and is like any other happy child. You can tell that she’s not going to let diabetes define her.”
Daphne loves the Berrie Center, said her mom. “We picked it for her care because it’s a place that she can grow with. As things come up throughout her life, the Berrie Center will be there for her. It’s not your average doctor’s office.” Ilyssa said the whole family is thrilled to give back in Daphne’s name, concluding, “We are so happy that this contribution will help the Center that takes care of Daphne and in so doing play a small part in finding a cure for diabetes.”
If you would like to direct tribute gifts to the Berrie Center in honor or memory of a friend or loved one, please contact the Berrie Center’s Development Office at 917-484-0090.