LBBC Volunteer Awards: Young Advocate Hyneefah Singleton’s Daughter Calls Her ‘Strong. Wonderful. Beautiful. Courageous. Smart. Funny. Selfless’
Every year, Living Beyond Breast Cancer selects a small group of key volunteers – both individuals and organizations – and recognizes their volunteer efforts with an award. Our 2016 winners received a physical award as a token of our appreciation and will be featured in the Summer 2017 issue of our national newsletter, Insight. We’re also celebrating them here, on LBBC’s blog. We’ve asked a loved one, friend, colleague or employee of each awardee to write about that person or organization as they know them, and about where each awardee’s dedication to volunteerism comes from.
The Community Advocate Award is granted to an individual who has donated a significant amount of time and passion to being an advocate, both in their community and throughout the country. In addition, the recipient acted as an advocate to bring awareness to LBBC and its services.
The 2016 Community Advocate Award goes to Hyneefah Singleton, of Philadelphia. Hyneefah, who has metastatic breast cancer, is part of LBBC’s Young Advocate program. This program provides the tools and training to help young women use their personal breast cancer experience to make a difference in their communities by raising awareness, furthering their understanding of the disease and advocating for others.
“We deeply appreciate Hyneefah’s volunteer work as a Young Advocate, volunteering at many of our events, participating in LBBC photo shoots, as well as introducing countless people affected by breast cancer to LBBC,” says Lynn Folkman Auspitz, LBBC’s manager of community engagement. “She truly helps LBBC advance our mission of connecting people affected by breast cancer to trusted information and a community of support.”
Below, Hyneefah’s 11-year-old daughter, Kashyra, writes about her mother, who she calls “the most important and most influential person in my life”:
My Mom, Hyneefah Singleton, is the most important and most influential person in my life. Everyday my Mom gets up and fights one of the hardest battles to fight, her fight against breast cancer. Even though she is sick and doesn’t feel well from time to time, she always has the time to talk to me, help me with my academics, and just be there for me. I love my mom from the bottom of my heart all the way to the top of my heart. Sometimes the oxygen machine that I see when we are in the house scares me a little. It scares me because I don’t know what these machines are or what they do to my mom’s body, but when I see her courage I feel better.
Every day my mom fights like a champion. She is my motivation to never give up on anything in life. My mom is a part of many nonprofit groups, including Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Project [an advocacy partner of LBBC. Through this organization, Hyneefah focuses on encouraging more African-American women to share their medical and genetic information with cancer researchers]. Through another organization called Ally’s Wish we were able to take a recent trip to Disney World.
The trip was amazing. My mom, dad and I saw a lot of characters like Mickey Mouse and Daisy Duck, and I can’t forget about Goofy. I can relate to Goofy because like goofy we are both super silly and tall. It’s true what they say, Disney World does brings out the kid in everyone, because my mom also had so much fun – maybe more than me. It was nice to see her smiling and not worried about her cancer. My mother, Hyneefah Singleton, always looks out for family and doesn’t let anything get in the way of that, not even cancer.
Strong. Wonderful. Beautiful. Courageous. Smart. Funny. Selfless. It was hard to find just one word to describe my mother. I Love You, Mom.