2006 was our first full year
of support to area cancer patients. It was a year of learning year and growing, it was a sad and bittersweet
year with the loss of Loretta and then Suzanne, yet still it was a year of success.
All along the course of
our fundraising activates, we made new friends, we continued to meet people who were generous, as well as those
who helped us meet our goals. We were all humbled by the journeys that the patients we support and assist
Each of the volunteers
who assisted us during the year did so out of their compassion and caring for those fighting cancer, and in many cases this
would literally be the battle of their life. It is because of this that it was so hard to select
one volunteer who stood out.
After careful consideration
of each participant’s efforts it is our honor and pleasure to announce Lauren Cebello of Clinton, daughter
of Corrine and Andy Cebello, as our 2006 Junior Volunteer of
the Year. Lauren is a Junior at NHHS where she is active
in Spring Field & Track, Fencing and is also presently working on her Gold Award for Girl Scounts. It is Lauren's
goal to pursue a career in Physical Therapy.
In 2006 Lauren spent three days
at our booth, and she came in 2007 to get us started at the NJ Festival of Ballooning which is held each year during the
last weekend of July at Solberg Airport.
Lauren assisted by setting up the
booth, arranging all of the merchandise, drawing posters freehand, and organizing the work area so that the other
volunteers would easily be able to walk in and take over. In 2007, she worked the first day again setting
up and getting our booth organized as well as creating a mobile to hang our honor ribbons on.
Lauren endured extreme heat,
a torrential rain and wind storm in which she was drenched to the bone, and stayed until relief came. Her ability
to think on her feet prompted her to make the best of a bad situation and we were amazed as she walked onto the midway to hawk
dry t-shirts after the storm. Next she was working with neighboring booths and swapping dry t-shirts for dinner.
The marketing we got out of the dry shirts was priceless. All of this was done by a teen, who gave up her weekend
to help our organization raise money for cancer patients.
It is the belief of our president
Kathy Koltowski that if there were more volunteers like Lauren helping, all organizations would be successful. Lauren
was such a helpful, pleasant person to work with. Her ability to think on her feet was helpful and innovative.
Her willingness to jump in, and take charge was refreshing, and her CAN DO attitude is one that will allow her to be successful
in life. She is an intelligent, level headed, assertive teen and definitely a pleasure to work with.
Thank you Lauren for your dedication, helpfulness and passion. Your efforts helped
make 2006 a huge success !