Doris has been an invaluable resource and amazing part of the heart of our work at ACS HopeClub..
She is a survivor yes.. and is so much more … her wisdom, mentoring, and outreach skills continue to help us make connections and open doors in the community… and her Latin Cooking class always has a waiting list … mouths drooling and people inspired to taste some delicious nutritious Latin meals filled with Hope!
An Interview With Doris
What led you to decide to be a volunteer at HopeClub?
As a cancer survivor, I wanted to to give back to the community that embraced me when I was initially diagnosed in April of 2104. I remember how welcomed and supported I felt when I walked threw the doors looking to become a volunteer in 2014 and shared my story to only realize I needed to become a member at that time.
How long have you been volunteering?
I have been a volunteer since 2016 assisting with recruiting student interns at SUNY Albany and attending Health Fairs on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
What I have enjoyed most are hosting the Latin Cooking Classes. It has provided an opportunity to speak to newly diagnosed members about other support systems and resources in the Capital District in addition to teaching traditional Latin dishes.
What is a memory that has left a lasting impact on you while volunteering?
It always impacts me when I meet with a newly diagnosed person. I know first hand the overwhelming feeling of hearing the words you have cancer and thinking you are all alone. While volunteering I have had several experiences when I have come across someone that is feeling scared, overwhelmed and unsure of what the future holds. I appreciate the amazing services Hope Club offers to support survivors in different phases of treatment.
What is something you are doing during the pandemic that brings you joy?
Hosting our Family Sunday Fun Day, during warmer weather we would all go and play pickle ball then come home, enjoy the pool and BBQ with our family and friends. We also had themed dinners that each family member planned and organized, including dinner out to support the local restaurants during these difficult times.