As we close out National Volunteer Week, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our volunteers nationwide. We are so grateful for all of your hard work, time, energy and dedication to our foundation’s mission of funding life-saving cancer and AIDS research.
Olga Litvinenko, President of the Next Generation, Junior Committee, has been involved in several events in the New York area. “I’m so grateful to volunteer with the T.J. Martell Foundation because we have a direct impact on those affected with cancer, leukemia and AIDS AND we have built a strong community of young professionals who are making a difference today for tomorrow.”
Through Olga’s leadership, the Next Generation has grown stronger every single year. Since day one, Olga has always gone the extra mile when helping the Foundation. We are fortunate to have her support and couldn’t do it without her!
One of our favorite quotes is “To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.” April is National Volunteer Month. As discussion among our staff began one name was unanimous as to who we should recognize as an outstanding volunteer.
Being a volunteer you give of yourself and share with others your life experiences, skills, compassion and humor. You give of your time generously without any expectation of reward. Pat Ford is the Mayor of the City of Pulaski, Tennessee, Instructor of Business at Martin Methodist College, Member of the Rotary Club of Pulaski, Deacon at First Baptist Church Pulaski and he is an outstanding volunteer.
Pat began volunteering for the T.J. Martell Foundation in 2008 at our Ride for a Cure events. By 2010 he was volunteering at multiple events, and in 2014 not only did he give of his time as a volunteer but he generously opened the Nashville Honors Gala with the invocation, a tradition that has carried on for the past three Galas. Pat can be seen volunteering at events in Nashville, Atlanta and New York. We call him our security officer, photographer, artist escort, auctioneer, stage manager and more! There is no one quite like Mayor Ford!
As Tony Martell would say with volunteers like Pat we are keeping alive the bold promise of the T.J. Martell Foundation which means we are keeping people alive!