Welcome to My Personal Page
It was 20 years ago that I heard those terrible words "you have cancer" just as I was in my 3rd trimester of my pregnancy with my daughter Madeline. Those words have changed my life forever. In 2000 I began a new journey in my life and career which started with my work at Susan G. Komen for the Cure and I'm so proud to see that the Race for the Cure will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Mother's Day. Significant dollars have been raised in the fight against breast cancer and now more and more women are living longer lives because of it. After 11 years with Komen, I decided to join the American Cancer Society and learned a heck of a lot about raising significant funds for all cancers. I had a pretty cool job meeting celebrities and working alongside some incredible volunteers. It is through the volunteers that I met from Advocate which led me on to my next chapter working in a fundraising capacity for Advocate Children's Hospital and so far, it is the best chapter in my book. I respect and admire the staff, both clinical and non-clinical, that I learn from every day - they have an incredible amount of compassion which is contagious.
I simply cannot imagine hearing the words "your child has cancer" and hope that I do not have to but right now, I am committed to do whatever I can to help raise money for the many programs that support the oncology department at ACH. On Sunday, June 4th, National Survivor Cancer Day, I will be participating in the 10th annual Running for Hope event, which is organized by a very committed group of Advocate Associates! 100% of the proceeds from this run goes directly back to the Ronald McDonald House® near Advocate Children’s Hospital and Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.
These two beneficiaries impact the community in a positive way day in and day out. Advocate Children’s Hospital (ACH) is the largest network provider of pediatric services in Illinois and among the top 10 in the nation. The hospital is staffed by more than 400 pediatricians and 230 pediatric subspecialists who offer a wide range of specialized services for children. This year specifically, our funding will go to help benefit the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division. Many families are affected by cancer every day, and unfortunately, some of those fighting the true fight are kids themselves.
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