Jeanne Doepke: The mission for Cheerful Heart is one of service to our fellow man. As a cancer survivor I feel so lucky to have been born in this day and age to have access to advanced cancer treatments so that I feel well enough to want to give back in some way to my fellow cancer patients. Many members of the CH board are more involved in service than I, however, I still feel I am making a contribution and always hope to do more. At our board meetings we hear about the folks we serve and all the generous folks who contribute to this cause. Making a difference to a patient or caregiver who is involved in cancer treatment keeps me wanting to do more.
Valerie Lindstrom: I became a Cheerful Heart board member in 2003 and my husband, Art, and I both served as volunteers and board members. Art was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 1997, and we felt giving back to cancer patients was important for us. Art felt good being able to share with others struggling with the diagnosis. It was our experience that folks find it difficult to talk with cancer patients and their families because they don’t know what to say. Listening and sharing with a cancer patient when they most need love and care is still one of the reasons why I stay involved with Cheerful Heart. Art passed away in August 2008 and I feel like I’m honoring him by continuing to connect with cancer patients.
Barbara Morin: I joined Cheerful Heart in 2008 as the Volunteer Coordinator and board member. Coming from a family with a history of cancer (father, mother and myself in 1985) helped create my passion to contribute to CH as best I can. Most rewarding are the friendships I have formed during my weekly visits to the oncology clinic. Knowing the cancer patients and staff has fulfilled and enriched my life in so many ways, and strengthened me for my most recent battle with cancer.
Devin Huntley: I was born and raised in Missoula and when I left the state after graduating from high school I had one goal in mind, and that was to return to western Montana. It took me almost 20 years but I made it! I was able to raise both of my daughters here and over time my wife has come to love Montana as I do. As I’m sure you all know, there is something very special about Montanans. We look out for one another and when there is a need we take care of one another; and that is why I joined this team. The mission of Cheerful Heart speaks to me, and if I can do something that makes someone’s day a bit brighter or better or easier then I am all in!