August Survivor of the Month
In a warm August breeze, an American flag dances to a song that only a handful have ever really heard. The flowing stripes and stars are a powerful display; familiar to all, but sacred to only a special few. An American soldier, the sworn protector of our homes and our freedoms, is among the most inspiring symbols that our culture embraces; an emblem of valor for all to admire. Mary Carothers, a 29 year veteran of the Army, knows this well. She also knows that courage can be found in the most unexpected of places, from the scorching sands of the Persian Gulf, to the sterile hallways of a hospital ward. Mary also knows that there is perhaps no more perfect portrait of heroism than a soldier… with the possible exception of a survivor..
July Survivor of the Month
Sometimes, there are simply no words that will suffice. We try as best we can to describe the things that we see and the people who we meet, only to be let down when once-powerful ideas have been diluted by time and hyperbole, and left crumbled into clichés. But then one meets a person like Yolanda Kenney, and suddenly words like hope, passion, courage, and resilience suddenly take on new meaning. Yolanda is currently battling stage four breast cancer, and though some of her days are full of painful challenges, she has chosen to fight with a sense of grace and optimism that is truly breath-taking. .
June Survivor of the Month
A rock is cast into the center of an otherwise placid lake, fracturing the surface and sending a series of ripples cascading outward in all directions. The once-still waters are, in an instant, transformed into a portrait of commotion; tumult where there was once tranquility. It is an unexpected collision that has lasting impact. In the summer of 1997, Sharon Smith’s life was as peaceful and undisturbed as the waters of that pond. At the time, Sharon was an advocate for public health as a professional and enjoying a healthy lifestyle of her own. The prospect of facing a major illness was far from the top of her thoughts. That would change in the month of June when she discovered a lump in her left breast. .