Today I went to my aunt’s memorial service. She was an amazing woman who made enormous differences in people’s lives. Through her generosity of spirit, her activism, her medical and psychiatric practice and her personal belief in doing all she could to help those less fortunate, she improved so many lives. Many of the people who benefited—and will continue to benefit in the future—because of the things she did will never even know her name.

If I started tomorrow, I could never hope to have that kind of impact. My charitable footprint is smaller, though I do my best. When I go, I hope I have planted half as many good things in the world as she did.

RIP, Sonja.