Barbara Meislin, widely and affectionately known as “The Purple Lady,” is determined to see that the California End of Life Option Act becomes a permanent law, and that the tens of thousands of eligible, terminally-ill Californians who want this option do not face unreasonable barriers to a compassionate death. To help raise the $1.1 million needed to accomplish this goal, Barbara established The Purple Lady Joy of Giving Challenge. For every gift to the campaign of $10,000 or more, Barbara will match it 1-to-1 up to $250,000!

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Barbara is an award-winning author (No One Can Ever Steal Your Rainbow), singer/songwriter (Carvings in the Canyon, an album endorsed by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and Virginia Satir), a teacher of French, and a healer through music (Threshold Choir, bringing bedside music to the terminally ill). But the focal point of her life has been her proactive philanthropy in the San Francisco area.

Our work is something Barbara understands in the deepest way. Inspiration for The Purple Lady Joy of Giving Challenge comes from her brother Allen’s painful journey and death from cancer. After watching his wife suffer a prolonged and painful death, Allen’s greatest fear was to suffer the same fate. Sadly, at that time, terminal patients did not have access to medical aid in dying and Allen’s death was a difficult one. Barbara made a promise to herself: “No one, if I can help in any way, will experience such suffering. That experience led me directly to this journey with Compassion & Choices.”