WHAT DOES OCTOBER MEANS TO US?
VOLUME 1: TODD SHARES HIS STORY
Q: ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE WHY OCTOBER IS SPECIAL TO YOU.
Q: CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THE ABOVE?
A: It was difficult to find one word that described why October is special to me. I could have rattled off numerous words such as: anger, fear, frustration, emptiness, sorrow, sadness, and the list could go on. You see, I lost my mother to breast cancer on February 24th, 2015 after being diagnosed only a year and a half before. At first it was difficult to wrap my head around her words when she told me she was diagnosed. During her treatment, I tried to make it appear as if I was strong, supportive and positive; all the while it was tearing me apart seeing her sick, weak and at the mercy of the cancer she was fighting. After all, my mother was the back bone of our family, the glue that kept us together – most of all she was my mom. As the last days together were far from happy and optimistic, my family and I made sure she was surrounded with everyone that loved her. Just being able to hold her hand, assisting her with getting a drink of water and looking into her eyes and talking to her were little ways to ease her pain. I can say that a year after my mom passed away I still had not grieved properly, continuing to fear the disease and what it had taken from me. After an “interventional call” from my Aunt (per my wife’s request) I realized that my actions were not as my mom would approve of. It was at that moment I decided I needed to immerse myself within an organization that can help others in need, whether it be financial assistance, education or another voice to speak of this terrible disease – as well as help me heal. That is when I was introduced to Project Pink’d and instantly saw all the good they were doing within our community. Many would have selected a different word to describe why October is special to them. To me the word “future” now brings hope and possibilities that one day a son or daughter will not have to say goodbye to their mom due to this terrible disease.
Q: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN THIS YEAR? IN THE FUTURE?
A: During the next year, I see continued education on early detection of breast cancer and other programs that will assist those in our community in need. I will continue to assist Project Pink’d in fundraising activities so that they can increase the help needed by those in our community. As for the future, that’s a word that will always come to mind not only in October, but every time I think of my mom. Maybe one day we might just find a way to kick cancer’s ass! There’s a quote I often recite to myself, “Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among stars!”
Q: WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOTHER WOULD HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE CHANGE YOU’VE BROUGHT BEING IN THE POSITION YOU ARE HERE AT ONESTAFF?
A: No matter what my profession would be, my mom would be proud to see me helping others in need without wanting anything in return. I am blessed with having the ability to use our resources as the platform to increase our voice for breast cancer awareness. I am fortunate to be surrounded by caring and giving people not only my immediate family, but my OneStaff family. I know that my mom is looking down on me smiling, proud of what her son is doing to better the lives of so man.
ONE BEHALF OF ALL OF OUR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS SURVIVORS, SUPPORTERS AND THOSE CURRENTLY FIGHTING, WE PROUDLY SHARE OMAHA’S-OWN, PROJECT PINK’D DONATION SITE (HERE). PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THE CAUSE. HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
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