Today is my last day as Director of Volunteer Development at Komen Central Virginia! Even though I am very excited to start a new chapter in my career, I will absolutely miss all of the amazing people I've met and worked with in my time at Komen.
It started 4 years ago when I was hired as the Administrative Assistant at what was then Komen Richmond (we changed our name last year to Komen Central Virginia). Back then there were just 3 of us on staff and I owned exactly 0 articles of pink clothing.
|Judy, Pem, and I - the original 3!|
|Linda, Janna, Pem and I showing our VCU Ram pride during the Final Four|
|Ty and I at the 2009 Race for the Cure.|
I've been inspired by not only the women and men I work closely with, but also by the woman who started it all with just a handful of friends and a shoe box full of donations.
|Meredith and I with Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.|
|Kelly and I, Co-Chairs of P.I.N.K.K., at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game.|
I realize the word inspiring has come up a few times as I write this, but it's probably the word I would use to best describe my 4 years at Komen. Well, if you'd asked me when my alarm was going off at 3am on Race morning I probably would have chosen a few other words :) but later that day once 9,000 people had come and gone, I would have come back to that word: inspiring.
I know that my new job will challenge and inspire me in different ways but Komen will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the place where I discovered where I want my career to go. It is where I learned that even though I am only one person, I can make a difference in the lives of the people and community around me. It is the place I know I can always go back to.
I dedicate this post to my Komen family and in particular to two special ladies: my Aunt Dottie and my friend Becky Morris, who both lost their battles to breast cancer but who continue to inspire me.