CIA Hosts David and Susan Axelrod for CFC Kickoff
October 14, 2010
At CIA Headquarters today, Director Leon E. Panetta welcomed David Axelrod, White House Senior Advisor, and his wife, Susan, to the Agency’s launch of the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign. “Our fundamental mission here at the CIA is to protect people. Through our generosity, our service, and our compassion, we can also help people to have better lives,” said Director Panetta, who is Chairman of the Agency’s CFC effort.
The Axelrods spoke about their daughter Lauren’s battle with epilepsy. “In 1998, Susan and two other mothers started a group at the kitchen table called Citizens United for Research on Epilepsy,” David Axelrod told the Agency audience. “In the years since, they’ve proven what the force of a mother’s love can mean to a cause.” The group has raised more than $9 million for scientists working on a cure for the disorder.
During the next several weeks, CIA officers, along with their colleagues across the federal government, will donate money and volunteer their time and effort to fundraisers in support of the campaign.
Last year, the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence raised a record $2.6 million, surpassing the goal. Director Panetta challenged the audience to turn in another strong performance.
“The measure of our humanity is whether we help those in need,” said Director Panetta. “The measure of our life is whether we made a difference in the lives of others.”