Wendy's story

A Life Devoted to His Wife and Her Memory:
Meet Bill Beck

Bill Beck met his future wife, Wendy — who had cystic fibrosis — in college. The two music students fell in love and tied the knot in 1971.

 

“Back then, little was known about CF — and what we did know was heartbreaking,” says Bill.

 

During their marriage, Wendy and Bill frequently attended CF fundraisers. “We wanted other families to see Wendy, a healthy adult woman with CF, so they would have hope for the future.”

 

Bill partnered with his employer (WorleyParsons) to establish a golf tournament to benefit CF research. Sissy Boyd, Executive Director of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, shared, “Not only did Bill and Wendy give personally but they mobilized others to give.”

 

Wendy benefited from the research investments made by the Foundation. While her parents were once told she wouldn’t live to celebrate her third birthday, Wendy lived to be 61. Wendy passed away in 2008, but her efforts continue to inspire many.

 

“Wendy was one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever known,” recalls Sissy. “She was always positive—a magnet for people. It’s no surprise then that Bill continues to support the CF Foundation in honor of Wendy.”

 

Every year, Bill makes a donation in Wendy’s name — and he’s decided to leave a legacy gift through his trust to the Foundation, with the balance going to family. “I want to see life expectancy for people with CF become the same as everyone else — basically, to find a cure. I’ve seen such improvements in my lifetime, so I have hope. And I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that I am leaving a legacy to a good cause and helping to make progress after my lifetime,” he says.