My Story: Recognizing Our National Volunteers

Insight Articles
June 1, 2016
By: 
Erin Rowley, Writer and Content Coordinator
We are pleased to announce this year’s Living Beyond Breast Cancer Volunteer Award recipients. These awardees have gone above and beyond for LBBC, and we are proud to honor them.

Linda Katz

The Ann Klein Volunteer Award
Penn Valley, Pennsylvania

When I retired, I wanted to give back in a way that was meaningful to me. For a longtime breast cancer survivor (22 years!), LBBC seemed like a good fit. The most rewarding aspect of volunteering has been interacting with staff and volunteers and talking with people dealing with breast cancer. To receive an award is the ‘icing on the cake.’ I hope to continue my work at LBBC for years to come!

 

Lynne Cook

The Lee Plamondon Volunteer Award
Beaumont, California

Volunteering for LBBC allows me to give those affected by breast cancer the kindness, understanding, courage and empowerment I received while on my own journey. How wonderful to be able to pay it forward and comfort others, let them know they are not alone, give them a shoulder and hopefully give them a smile. I am so honored to win this award. It warms my heart to know I am truly making a difference to those that simply need someone who ‘gets it.’     

 

Sheila M. Johnson-Glover

The Lee Plamondon Volunteer Award
Swansea, Illinois

LBBC has become my extended family. I volunteer to extend the love LBBC has extended to me and to share important information and feelings that could help someone going through breast cancer. I found my new normal when I started volunteering for LBBC in 2012 and attending their conferences, not then knowing what a huge impact it would have on my life. Volunteering and LBBC have become a part of me, a part of my soul.   

 

Barb Cutler

The Paula A. Seidman Volunteer Award
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

I am honored and humbled to receive this award from LBBC. When my mom was battling metastatic breast cancer 20 years ago, she was so fortunate to have LBBC as a resource. Raising money for LBBC by selling my mom’s much loved brownies is a great source of pride for me, and I know she would be thrilled to be supporting an organization which she herself turned to for support and information.

 

Gary Newborn

The Paula A. Seidman Volunteer Award
Flemington, New Jersey

I am so happy to be honored by LBBC. My involvement came about through my dear friend [and longtime LBBC supporter and board member] Amy Lessack. Amy shows me every day the meaning of determination, friendship and living life to its fullest.

 


Roxanne Martinez

The Community Advocate Award
Fort Worth, Texas

Becoming an LBBC Young Advocate and volunteering with the organization has allowed me to introduce other young women to much needed services and programs, while also spreading the word about all of the great things that the organization does. Through my involvement with LBBC, I’ve made many meaningful, lifelong friendships, and I know I have made a positive impact on the community. I am truly honored to receive this award.

 

Kate Dennin

The Caregiver Award
Havertown, Pennsylvania

Volunteering for LBBC allows me to make a difference – something I’ve always wanted to do. Everyone has made me feel so welcome. The people here are becoming a second family to me. It’s been very important to me to feel that sense of accomplishment, to spread my wings with additional friends and family and just to honor my daughter Maureen, to continue to celebrate her life. You go where you feel welcome, and we always felt welcome at LBBC.

 

Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance

The Community Vision Award
Organizations nationwide

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance launched on October 13, 2013, with 16 founding members, one of which was Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Together, we are stronger than the disease, and in just 2 years, with the volunteer effort of our now 40 members, we have made major progress. The Alliance is able to succeed because of members like Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

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