Before her untimely passing – February 10, 2002 – Carol created a “Message from Carol” for her Foundation. “There are those who say I am dreaming, that my World Wide Call to the hearts of generous people to assist the creation of a Clinic to remove Immune Resistant Materials that cause the creation of an Immune Dysfunction which can bring about Orphan Diseases, from the body and blood chemistry of women, men, children, will not succeed. Yes I am dreaming but though GOD has allowed my health to fail, HE has not taken away HIS greatest gift to me, my Mind and Heart.”
“I promise you that you will forever be honored and recognized for your generosity… That you will reap ten (10) times greater than you have sown… That GOD will bless you and all who are in your life for your generosity… For your kindness, I will be forever in your debt… Know that I Love and Appreciate you more than I will ever be able to express… GOD Bless.”
If you lived in Houston, Texas during the 1960s, 70s, 80s, perhaps you would have heard of Carol Sanders Whitsett. GOD blessed her with unusual talent, intelligence, determination to succeed, most of all a Big Heart. Carol was an over achiever at both Jesse Jones High School and the Un. of Houston College of Pharmacy. She graduated from Jones High School where she served as Admiral of the Drill Squad, Judge of the Honor Court with Summa Cum Laude academic achievement and Valedictorian of her 1961 Graduation Class. She dreamed of Medical School and a career of service to those in need of medical assistance. On to the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, where she again distinguished herself with Magna Cum Laude academic achievement and again Valedictorian of her 1966 Graduation Class. Carol along with the University of Houston were recognized for her achievements when she was named an Eli Lilly National Merit Scholar. Her reward was a Houston Endowment full paid Scholarship to the Baylor College of Medicine.
Her dream of medical school was interrupted by the creation of a family with her husband Bill Whitsett. Their life together was almost too good as their family prospered and together they assisted their grandparents, parents, Chapelwood Methodist Church, any and all of their friends and associates who were in need. It was their calling it seemed, to be of assistance to others, to share the rewards and blessings that GOD had allowed them to achieve. Bill was taken from us by an unexpected tragedy in 1980. The untimely passing of Bill took far more from Carol than could be anticipated or expected. Camelot was destroyed forever in the West Plains of Texas where a plane Bill was piloting from a project in Colorado failed and crashed. Life would never be anywhere near the same for Carol. She fell victim to legal mal practice and fiduciary abuse. In 1978, Bill and Carol followed the guidance of their family physician Dr. Jack Baxter for her to undertake a partial mastectomy due to reoccurring breast lumps and a family history of breast cancer. Carol had reconstructive surgery using silicone implants that were promoted by the Manufacturer to be “Completely Safe” to “Last a Natural Lifetime”. In a 1986 automobile accident, her implants ruptured and her health began to deteriorate. A myriad of autoimmune maladies, later to be categorized as Immune Dysfunction caused “Orphan Diseases” - Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CIFDS), Sjogrens, Multiple Sclerosis Like Syndrome, Sicca Syndrome, Hyper Lipodemia, Lack of Adequate Blood Oxygen Supply, White Blood Cell Disorder, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spinal Deterioration, Organ Dysfunction, Memory Impairment, Fibromyalgia and a host of neurological complications were her constant companions. Her medical insurance was canceled in 1990, leaving her to beg for Charity Medical Care until she was medically judged to be totally disabled. In the meantime, Carol was forced to file for bankruptcy protection, lost her home, and until her untimely passing, survived on Social Security Disability, Medicare, Medicaid.