I was only 22 years old when my mother, and only viable parent, passed away due to cancer. Mesothelioma cancer, which rarely affects women, much less young women like my mom. I was in my first year of law school when I got the news of her diagnosis; it was December 2001 and she died on April 2, 2002. It was quick. Unexpected. Life changing.
I took a year off school to “take care” of my mom and nurse her back to health. I did not understand how quickly and aggressively cancer would ravage her health. And I never entertained the possibility that she might die. When she passed away, my world turned upside down and I found myself financially responsible for my younger sister.
As a young adult and student, I often worried about finances, struggled to find affordable housing, was forced to turn down promising but unpaid internships and contemplated dropping out of school. Thankfully, I completed my program and received my Juris Doctor degree. It was the proudest moment in my life because I knew how close I came to giving it all up.
Now that I am an experienced, knowledgeable and well-connected professional, I want to do what I can to give back to my community. I can identify, to some extent, with what many Wesley House students are likely experiencing. I want to help them in whatever way I can. I believe my background in sales, marketing, persuasive communication, and public speaking will be helpful in bringing light to the cause and recruiting donors. My legal background and network of estate planning attorneys can also be leveraged to facilitate charitable donations.