Our volunteers are the heart and soul of CURE. Every day, they give of themselves with selfless dedication and an unmatched commitment to helping. As our volunteers step forward to make a difference in the lives of others with remarkable energy, they bring us closer to the community we strive to serve. In the process, they make CURE Childhood Cancer stronger as an organization.
This week is National Volunteer Week, and as a thank you, we would like to spend some time highlighting a few of our volunteers. Please enjoy the following entry, written by volunteer Mishell Butler, as she shares with us the reason behind becoming involved with CURE.
What does volunteering mean to me? When I think of volunteering I immediately think of giving back with no strings attached. Not out of obligation or financial gain. It gives us the opportunity to touch lives one person and one act of kindness at a time. A famous quote by Winston Churchill is “You make a living by what you get but you make a life by what you give”.
I have been volunteering with CURE for some time now and what I get in return is so much more than I give. My primary focus is the Open Arms program. Each Thursday night dinner is served to the kids fighting life threatening illnesses and their families.
My goal has always been to “Pay it Forward!” CURE was instrumental in helping me and my family cope while my daughter was battling Leukemia. Volunteering also pays homage to the movie Pay it Forward, which was me and my daughter’s favorite movie.
Volunteering with CURE has been an amazing healing process for me. People often wonder how I can volunteer even though I lost my daughter. The answer is easy… I made a promise to her. I promised to spread her light to all those I meet. You see, my daughter Ashley was an encourager and inspirer to the other children who were sick too. She was never a “poor me” kind of kid. I know now my daughter was just an Angel on loan to me and my family. Ashley was sent to show us the way to love one another despite tragedy and pain. So when you ask why I volunteer… I say it’s because it is what I was called to do! It’s what we have all been called to do.
Hebrews 13:16 – And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.