Last week marked the beginning of the holiday season.  For many of us, the focus becomes more about spending, shopping, bargains, and stress and anxiety.  However, I’d ask us to remember what the holiday season is really about:  friendship, family and giving.   Rather than think about the gifts we’ll get, it is a time to give thanks to those around us who make our lives special. 

Angel Foundation is special because of the individuals who encompass the organization – our family participants, our donors, the dedicated staff and our volunteers.  Hundreds, if not thousands of hours are provided each year by talented individuals devoted to making a difference in the lives of adults with cancer and their families.  Teen mentors willing to share their own parental cancer experience with their peers, or a couple who sells raffle tickets at our annual Angel Awards Gala to raise funds, or an executive sharing expertise in corporate communications,  influences and shapes the two mission-based programs of Angel Foundation.  The gifts these individuals share directly impact the experience of a mother recently diagnosed with cancer who needs emergency financial assistance or allows for a family to strengthen its communication and find hope even in times of uncertainty. 

And so, during this holiday season we give thanks to our Angel Foundation volunteers who make our lives and those that we serve, special.  In the words of Helen Keller, “The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.” 

Each of your tiny pushes is a gift and makes you a hero to all of us at Angel Foundation.  We are in awe of the gifts you’ve given—your time . . .
your talent . . . your expertise. 

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of adults with cancer and their families. 

With gratitude,

Vicki Stute
Angel Foundation