Marjo Jacks joined the UT Health Science Center's sick leave bank in the late 1990s in order to help her fellow UT employees.
"I saw so many people around me who had problems, and I thought I could at least give some hours to help them," Marjo said.
In 2006, Marjo was paid back for her volunteer spirit. She needed surgery and the recovery time was supposed to be short. However, due to complications, her post-surgery recovery took longer than expected. After using up her personal time, she was granted time from the sick leave bank.
"It's wonderful to have the bank to fall back on," Marjo said. "You just don't know from day to day when you'll end up needing it."
Marjo added that joining the sick leave bank is about more than just a safety net for UT employees.
"It's an opportunity to help others," she said.