Each year, as the holidays approach, I always try to look back on all that has happened in the past year.This leads to somewhat of a self-evaluation for me.What went well?What didn’t go so well?How do the events from this year impact how I want next year to go?Now I’m not big into New Year’s resolutions, but I do believe in pushing yourself to be better and to do better, and this time of year always seems to bring a little more motivation.
In the fall of 2016, as the year was coming to an end, I was given the opportunity to tour Cancer Services of Grant County.We were led by the Executive Director, Jennifer Lane-Riefler, and if you have ever had the opportunity to talk to Jennifer, it probably didn’t take you very long to realize two things; that she has a wealth of knowledge, and that she is extremely passionate about cancer in this community.On that tour, I watched a group of people moved to tears by her words, and by the stories of countless families that the organization has served.I watched that group of people mesmerized by the realization of the luxury that they have in having a functioning body, and in life itself.You see, sometimes we are all guilty of overlooking our blessings.Our modern world has taught us to make a comparison out of everything, including ourselves, and this has become such a driving force in our society that we allow our focus to be on what we want instead of being appreciative of what we have.I would challenge each person that reads this to think about what your life would look like without the blessings that you have.
What would it be like to not have the strength to get out of bed in the morning?What would it be like to be unable to go to the restroom on your own?What would it be like to be drowning in medical bills with no apparent end in sight?What would it be like to have to tell your children and your family that you may not be around next holiday season?What would it be like to be paralyzed by fear and pain?Now… What would it be like to go through all of that alone?
Cancer Services has been helping people and families in this community for over twice my lifetime. Last year alone, they served 580 families. That is 580 families spread among 6 staff members. 6 staff members, day in and day out, attacking cancer in this community… and succeeding!!!Grant County has seen a tremendous amount of improvement, and it is because of the hard work of these 6 people, and of the countless volunteers that lend them a hand.
That tour changed everything for me.As that year came to an end, I started my normal reflection process and I asked myself what I wanted to be different about the next year, and the answer was so simple…How can I pour into others the love that God has shown me?I quickly reached out to Jennifer and I asked how I could help.I would encourage everyone that reads this to do the same.
Cancer Services of Grant County is funded by estates, grants, fundraising events, memorials, and tax-deductible donations from folks like yourself. They depend on this assistance to continue helping outstanding people in this community. Whether you donate your money or your time, be it monthly or yearly, it is always appreciated by everyone in the organization, and by the families that they impact daily. If you would like to know more, ask them to take a tour. It just may move you to help as it did for me.
Cancer Services of Grant County Treasurer