Recently LBBC hosted a party to honor our very generous and dedicated volunteers. We awarded various individuals with specific volunteer honors for their hard work in helping to further the LBBC mission of connecting people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. Liz Barker was one of these individuals and here was her take on the evening’s festivities…
Living Beyond Breast Cancer just had their Volunteer Appreciation Awards dinner this past week. It was at a brand new concept restaurant in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. called honeygrow.
I was delighted and honored to be chosen as an award recipient by LBBC for doing something that comes natural to me – helping for and caring about others.
As the other recipients were introduced and took turns speaking, I was moved by their words, their courage, and their commitments. One man had lost his young wife to breast cancer. He and his young children were left to carry on alone in life. To help him cope with his loss, he chose to volunteer for LBBC to honor his love for his wife. It was very touching.
Another woman recipient was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Despite her ongoing daily battle with cancer for years, she keeps herself busy and optimistic with her volunteer work. Her story truly touched me. Here she is literally fighting for her wellness each day, and she finds time to give back to others.
By the time that I was introduced, I realized that, although I have done a fair share of good deeds for LBBC, there is more to do. And, that I am very fortunate to have survived and thrived so well these past 23 years. This is why I thank God daily for sparing Bryan and I, and for the good health that we both enjoy.
This warm and wonderful event reminded me why I will always hold volunteering for breast cancer and for special needs children (in memory of Lauren), near and dear to my heart.