The Gail Robinson Fund

The Gail Robinson Fund was established to honor Gail, who passed away from metastatic breast cancer in June 2019 at age 56. The Fund provides financial assistance in the form of grants directly to breast cancer patients and their families. 

Gail had an accomplished career as a lawyer and public servant. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where she served as an Editor of the Law Review, she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit before she entered private law practice in Washington D.C. She later worked at the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence Legal Action Project, and then in the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as the General Counsel to the Inspector General at the Department. She spent the last 6 years of her career as the Deputy Inspector General at NASA. She deeply valued the relationships she formed with her colleagues over the course of her career.

While Gail had an impressive career, throughout her life her priority and her focus was on her children, and her family and friends. She loved planning events, activities, dinner parties, time at the beach and ambitious vacations with the people she loved and enjoyed spending time with. These simple things in life gave her the most joy, and she taught us all that it was the experiences and relationships in life that mattered most. 

When Gail was diagnosed in 2016 with Stage 4 breast cancer it was a shock, as she had lived a life of healthy living and eating, and her most recent mammogram only a few months before was read as normal. Her courage in the face of such devastating news was inspiring. In between a succession of disease progressions, new treatments, and periodic crises in the years that followed her diagnosis, she maintained an outward air of normalcy and bravery with a singular focus on trying to live the best possible life she could under the circumstances she had been dealt. 

Most inspiring was her deep sympathy for the difficult circumstances many other cancer patients experienced, particularly those who lacked the financial resources, insurance, and home support that she felt lucky to have. The Fund is designed to provide assistance to those needing support for a range of financial needs, including the possibility of funding for patients and their caregivers to take time off from work, in order to spend time together. 

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Fund Administrators

  • Steve Larsen

CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
Gail Robinson Memorial Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161
Use credit card by clicking the link below.

The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.

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