When I retired from 25+ years of marketing and selling real estate, I was looking for a â€œthingâ€ to give back for the wonderful life I have and to contribute to society. Â I ran into a friend at the grocery store, and he suggested I check out Candlelighters. Â He had just volunteered for a fishing day.
What is it about Candlelighters mission that you connect with?
I connect with Candlelighters because my little Grandson had Leukemia at a very young age. Â I babysit him several times a week, so I was very close to him; and his illness tore my heart in two. Â Before my sweet, little Sawyer became so ill, I never knew what those little, smiling, bald-headed babies we see on TV go through as they fight for their lives. Â I am so happy to say that Sawyer has been in remission now for 3 years.
What’s been your favorite experience as a volunteer so far?
I love the Candy Cane Lane party, where people sponsor children and/or families. Â My 3 grandsons and I have made it our Christmas tradition to go shopping (Me? Â Three boys in stores? Â Recovery time is ?) for â€œour children.â€ Â It has been very special for me to watch them try to choose exactly what they think their children would really like.
What are you most excited about doing next?
I love interacting with the peopleâ€”to try to bring a smile to their faces in such dark times. Â I truly care about those little, bald babiesâ€”they have my heart. Â I am so grateful to Candlelighters For Children With Cancer and all they do for the families struggling with pediatric cancer.