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Lisa Wong ’89, and her sister, Linda Wong, recently created an endowed research fund dedicated to the biology of aging and a better understanding of the diseases of aging. Lisa fondly remembers her days as a student worker in the USC Leonard Davis School’s Development Office in the late 1980s. When she and Linda recently retired—from careers in law enforcement and higher education, respectively—they began looking for a way to give back.

Because both of their parents passed away due to diseases of aging, the sisters wanted to help Leonard Davis School scientists make discoveries that may lead to the prevention or treatment of potentially deadly or debilitating diseases such as cancer, vascular and heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

“We are excited to help contribute to important scientific discoveries that will help people live longer and healthier lives well into their old age,” they said. “We are happy to honor the memory of our parents by having this endowment fund permanently bear their name.”

The Cheong and Mui Wong Endowed Research Fund is the first of its kind at the Leonard Davis School. Not only did the sisters create the named endowment fund, but they also plan to continue to further support the Leonard Davis School via their estate plans. Lisa’s and Linda’s generosity will make a difference in the lives of aging individuals and their families in perpetuity.

To learn more about how to make a difference with your philanthropy or via your estate, please contact the Development Office at (213) 740-1361.

Top photo: Steve Cohn

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