Our Staff and Board
FOUNDER and executive director
For the past several years, I have had the honor and privilege of working as an oncology nurse at a renowned cancer center in Pittsburgh. In my position, I have witnessed and shared in the grief of many families as they struggle with the impact of a cancer diagnosis. One patient, a young, 39 year-old parent with metastatic disease, comes into our office weekly for treatment. While incurring the difficult side effects of chemotherapy that include nausea, vomiting, painful body rashes and hair loss, she perseveres for the soul purpose of "staying strong for her" - referring to her nine year-old daughter. This patient became the motivation for starting One Day to Remember. She and her daughter along with others, who in the midst of their battle to live, deserve a gifted day of respite where their cancer or any other life-limiting diagnosis is not the focus of their day.
Having a parent with cancer is a situation that is equal parts scary and confusing. The roller coaster ride of emotions a family is forced to endure is not lost on me, as my family went through all of these emotions as my mother lost her battle to Lymphoma in 2004.
One Day to Remember is so special because it unites members of the community to provide a fun-filled day and a lifetime of memories for these children. After hearing about Rachel's vision for One Day To Remember, I could not stop thinking about the program and how special her organization is. Helping ODTR achieve it's mission statement to provide "a special One Day to Remember together as a family" is important to me because it's something every child deserves.
All my life I have donated my time to help many nonprofit organizations. I have spent the last seven years volunteering and assisting with administrative tasks, fundraising, and event fulfillment. When I met Rachel and learned about One Day to Remember, I was not aware of any organization in the country offering the type of opportunity that ODTR offers to its families. I knew that I wanted to help this amazing organization grow.
One Day to Remember provides a crucial opportunity for families in our community during a difficult time in their lives. I am honored to be a part of this organization and look forward to utilizing my communication skills that I have developed as part of my law practice and through my teaching to help ODTR grow.
Director of Photography
Creating memories for families and giving back to others through my photography has been one of the most rewarding parts of my career. One Day to Remember not only provides these families with a gifted day to spend and cherish together, it gives them hope to persevere through these tough times. The images created on their outings are keepsakes of memories that their children will be able to cherish for the rest of their lives, long after the loss of their loved ones. One Day to Remember is such an amazing organization and I am so honored to be a part of this team.
Communication and Marketing
In 2007, I lost my mother to esophageal cancer and it changed my entire life trajectory. She taught me everything I knew about compassion and giving back. Because of her, I pursued a career in women’s health and advocacy and I’ve kept her with me every step of the way. She loved to quote, “since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.”
When I met Rachel and learned more about One Day to Remember and the experiences they provide families, I was amazed. Families, especially those with young children, are trying to get through each day while trying to process that their lives are about to change forever. Providing a day to have fun, create memories, and capturing it so they have something to remember it forever, is remarkable. I’m honored to be a part of One Day to Remember.
I am incredibly lucky! I have a wonderful family. A great job. And most importantly my health. When I became a financial advisor years ago, I knew one day I would want to give back to someone or something because of the luck I was given in life to this point.
Rachel sent me an e-mail one day about One Day To Remember. I eventually went to some fundraising events and met some of the people effected by cancer that had experienced One Day To Remember.
I was inspired, touched and moved all at the same time. This was a non-profit I could believe in and one that impact lives. I am honored to be a part of One Day To Remember. Rachel’s vision for this organization is amazing and I look forward to watching and assisting One Day To Remember grow, impact lives for the better and be a small part of making people smile.