Liz Fahy has been involved with CSC for six months as a volunteer on the front desk.
How did you hear about Cancer Support Community? I became aware of CSC in October 2016 when I was seeking voluntary work, particularly in the area of cancer. I noticed the CSC while driving past one day and immediately pulled into the parking lot. I was greeted very enthusiastically and arranged a visit with a view to becoming a volunteer. I was also advised to join one of the support groups which meets weekly at CSC. This group has provided a huge amount of comfort and, perhaps surprisingly, there is a lot of laughter!
How has cancer impacted your life? I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014, less than two years after moving from London, to start a new life in California. It was a confusing time. Not only had no member of my family ever been diagnosed with cancer but, in terms of medical care, I was in very unfamiliar territory. I wish that I had known about CSC then. The cancer returned in early 2016 and I finished my second round of chemotherapy last July. At that point I felt very strongly that I wanted to help, in any way possible, other people with this disease.
What do you find most rewarding about your volunteer work with CSC? From the moment that I walk into CSC, I am overwhelmed by the warmth, dedication, compassion and positivity of everyone involved. One of the most rewarding moments so far involved a distress phone call when I was very new to CSC. I think/hope that I dealt with this compassionately.
What are you working on right now for CSC? In addition to my work on the front desk, I have volunteered to help with any tasks required in the week preceding the Gala. I will also be involved in preparations for the auction and in setting it up at the Reagan Library on May 5.
Please say “hello” next time you see Liz at the front desk.
Becky Buck has been involved with Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara since she was in High School. Originally starting off as a docent for Holiday Homes Tour, Becky’s commitments to CSC have only increased over the years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors, the Holiday Homes Tour committee and as chair of the Wings of Hope Gala held on Friday, May 5, 2017, in the Air Force One Pavilion at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
How did you hear about Cancer Support Community? I first heard of CSC when I was in high school and my mother joined the Holiday Homes Tour committee. She signed up my sisters and I to be docents on the tour. Ten years later, I joined the HHT committee and have been on it ever since.
How has cancer impacted your life? I lost my father to lung cancer when I was just 7 years old. It was a very difficult time for my sister, mother and I. We were living in Illinois at the time and I wish we had a cancer support group we all could have participated in together. I feel it would have been very beneficial to us.
What do you find most rewarding about your volunteer work with CSC? Even though I have not been a participant in CSC, I truly believe it is such an amazing organization. To hear all the stories and witness how CSC has helped so many people, including children, makes me realize all the efforts and fundraising my family and I contribute makes it all worth it. I have also made many new friends who share my same passion for charity involvement in our community, many who also work full-time jobs and always find a way and time to make it a part of their lifestyle.
What are you working on right now for CSC? I was very happy to be part of the Holiday Home Tour committee again in 2016, it was such a successful event. I also joined the Board of Directors in the fall of 2016 and I am excited to be the 2017 Gala Chairperson. I have attended the Gala for the past 10 years and look forward to working with this dynamic group to put on an amazing event, this year at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on May 5, 2017.
SAVE THE DATE
Wings of Hope Gala
Friday, May 5, 2017, at 6:30 pm
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Air Force One Pavilion
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Ten years ago, after losing my mother to cancer, I went to a Wellness Community “informational” meeting. By the time the meeting was over I was one of the Volunteer Co-chairs for the Holiday Homes Tour.
I have continued to give my time for many reasons but mainly because CSC provides comfort, support, and education to those affected by cancer for free. My efforts at CSC are usually based around the Holiday Homes Tour events. I have been one of the Co-chairs for the Volunteers on and off and have been one of the Co-chairs of the event for a number of years.
It has been such a pleasure working with such dedicated and compassionate people to produce this extraordinary weekend. It warms my heart to see the visitors and especially the survivors, smiling and enjoying the event. This is my small way of giving back and hopefully letting those struggling with this disease know that they aren’t alone in this battle. Then on Sunday night I can go home, put my aching feet up and be proud that we did our best to add another year to the Holiday Homes Tour tradition.
I have been a volunteer for 8 years. I started out as a Docent, then became a Volunteer Co-Chair, and then have been the HHT Co-Chair for 4 years. My husband is a colon cancer survivor of 21 years now. Going through that with him in our early 40’s, with young children, was frightening. I did not know about Cancer Support Community back then. I wish I did.
My sister has been battling ovarian cancer for the past 8 years. Watching her fight cancer every day is heart breaking. I know the support from CSC helps cancer survivors, and those currently going through cancer, with education and comfort along the way. During the Holiday Homes Tour, we see many guests, obviously battling cancer, come through our beautifully decorated homes, and see the smile on their faces, thanking us for the support they so desperately need.
Maku Cuison is a Tai Chi master who has been teaching Tai Chi and Chigong for many years throughout the Conejo Valley and the San Fernando Valley. Big thanks to Maku, as we now offer two weekly classes at Cancer Support Community Valley Ventura Santa Barbara, Mondays, 11:45am to 12:45pm, and Wednesdays, 11:00am to 12:00pm.
Originally developed for self-defense, Tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as “meditation in motion,” Tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Tai chi also helps increase flexibility and balance, and since Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, it is generally safe for all ages and fitness levels.
Maku’s Tai chi demonstrations and interview are available to browse on Youtube at makutaichi-youtube.