When Laurie Peterson’s close friend fought (and won!) a battle with Stage IV breast cancer, it convinced her to volunteer for the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara in her friend’s honor. Her friend had participated in the cancer support programs at CscVvsb, and Laurie pledged that once her children were older and she had the time, she would give back to the organization that had helped her friend during the fight of her life. Encouragement from her neighbor Lynn Buchanan, a two-time breast cancer survivor and CscVvsb volunteer, also motivated Laurie to see how she could help.
Laurie started as a front desk volunteer five years ago, and served as a docent in the Holiday Homes Tour. The next year she chaired the Celebration of Life Gala committee, and she has co-chaired the Gala for the past three years.
Co-chairing one of the largest fundraisers for CscVvsb requires time, dedication, organization, and interpersonal skills – all of which Laurie has demonstrated year after year as she works hard to create a memorable and meaningful experience for Gala guests. But Laurie says she has gotten a lot out of the experience of giving back.
“I love working with the Cancer Support Community because I see that the dollars raised are directly helping our community,” says Laurie. “You just need to walk into the Cancer Support Community to see and feel the funds we help raise at work. Volunteering has also brought me so many new friendships. Working on a committee isn’t just work, it can be really fun!”
Through her volunteer efforts Laurie has seen just how many people in our community have been affected by cancer. “Whenever I mention the Cancer Support Community, it opens the door to hear how cancer impacts all of us,” says Laurie. “That’s why the services offered at CscVvsb are so important. Compassion, education, and support in a caring environment are right here in our community, free of charge.”
Laurie lives in Thousand Oaks with her husband Scott. She runs a sales and marketing consulting business and enjoys skiing, hiking and travel.
By working diligently to raise funds for CscVvsb, Laurie has provided hope to so many cancer survivors and their families. On their behalf, we offer our sincere thanks!