Debra Gale

Debra Gale

Health and Human Services / National Institutes of Health

Cause Area


Wife, mom, grandmother of five

What is the charitable cause you are most passionate about and why?

I give because I care about heart and cancer causes. My mom died of a heart attack at the early age of 57 and my dad died of bone cancer at the age of 73. During my dad’s final days, I remember him saying to me, “Debi, I just have so much more to do and give”. His words has resonated with me since his passing and I do what I can to give back. Giving is instilled in my heart.

Why do you give through the CFC?

It’s easy for me to give through the CFC, because it's convenient and there are so many charities that focus on the causes I care about. I trust the giving platform and don't have to worry about my donation being distributed to the correct charity.

My parents were my first example of “givers” and they taught me at a very young age to “give” unto others and to be kind to one another. They also taught me that the greatest gift is charity [love].

As a preacher’s daughter, most would say I didn’t have a choice but to go along with the program. That might be true in some cases, but giving gives me such joy.

I’m always reminded of my parents teachings and as an adult, it’s easy for me to give my time or money for those in need.

How do contributions through the CFC help your cause?

No matter what cause you care about, the CFC has a charity that fits your passions. Together our gifts, whether large or small, can bring help and hope to people and causes in need.