Summer read a plea online from the mother of a 29-year-old in need of a kidney transplant. Summer knew immediately that she wanted to volunteer to be the donor. She was eventually selected as the donor, and the transplant took place. Summer believes that everyone can find big or small ways to help other people and make a positive difference in their lives.
Gregg is a volunteer for fulfilling a unique role for the organization Vision Guatemala (vision-guatemala.org). He has helped to source, organize, and ship more than 100 wheelchairs to underprivileged disabled women and children in Guatemala who would otherwise be unable to work. Gregg also champions this cause at every opportunity and motivates others in our region to help raise funds and contribute to continue the work and help those who lack not only financial but also physical means.
Tess lost her husband, Doug, to pancreatic cancer in 2014. Since then, she has turned her grief into advocacy. Because they had difficulty getting transfusions of platelets, Tess is now a regular donor of blood and platelets. She also shares her husband’s story with her community to promote awareness of the need for donations of blood and platelets. She says, “Donate blood or platelets. It’s the single best thing you can do to help.”
In semi-retirement, Richard is busier than ever. Six years ago, he became an Advanced EMT for Richmond Rescue. One of his current projects is the Richmond Rescue Opiate Task Force, which has the goals of providing a mobile needle exchange, training EMS providers, educating students and parents about addiction, serving as a resource to the community and assisting the Richmond Police Department in establishing a year-round drug take-back program.
Winooski police officer Stephen Bova responded to a two-vehicle accident and found a driver in need of medical assistance. He assessed her condition and, no pulse being detectable, proceeded to administer CPR. The rescue squad arrived and took the patient to the hospital emergency department, where she made a full recovery. The emergency doctor noted that this outcome was attributable to Stephen’s performance of CPR, which had kept the patient’s body oxygenated at the crucial time.