Mildred (Millie) Danch, Friend of Pitt
Mildred (Millie) Danch is many things: independent, caring, philanthropic, involved… She currently runs her own business, nurtures her large garden on the family farm in eastern Ohio, and enjoys her travels. She is a member of Toastmasters and enjoys the challenges of excellent public speaking. Millie’s interesting past careers include working as a registered nurse and then more than fifty years as a highly regarded flight attendant.
Millie believes in giving back. She staunchly maintains that she would not be around today if it were not for the care she received from some of the physicians and surgeons in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
“I really wanted to give credit to all of the wonderful physicians and other medical assistants at UPMC,” she says. “Sometimes I think of myself as Humpty Dumpty:
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
My body fell apart, just like Humpty’s, but UPMC put me back together. I had just the most sensational medical help you could imagine.”
Millie has chosen to support orthopedic research at the University of Pittsburgh in order to encourage the development of new and improved treatments for those who suffer from orthopaedic diseases.
Being Millie, she has also elected to make this generous gift in a very special and meaningful way: Millie has made provisions in her will to gift her family’s farm (and the contents) to meet her philanthropic goals. As legacies go, Millie’s decision to use something so important to her past to make the future better for those who come after her is a standout. The University is proud that Millie Danch has entrusted it with her legacy.Return to all donor stories.