Through her experience with the Cancer Patient Support Foundation and as a member of the University of Vermont Cancer Center Advisory Board and co-chair of Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer, Lemnah is also driven to support the Red Cross mission to supply blood and blood products.
“I am very aware that there are some cancer treatments that just can't happen without platelets. So, the blood products that are needed are saving lives every day and it's such a simple thing to do,” said Lemnah. “It is the one thing you can do that can save a life and it's free. People do it every day. We do it every community, so you don't have to go out of your way.”
After historic flooding hit parts of Vermont especially hard this summer, Lemnah looks to disaster preparedness as one way the Red Cross can help families and communities prepare for more frequent and intense climate-driven disasters.
“We want to make sure more Vermonters know how to prepare for an emergency. We want to help them build emergency kits, to make a plan and be informed. We want to ensure they have an adequate supply of medicine, water and food,” said Lemnah. “While we may not be hit with as many devastating natural disasters as other parts of the country, we do see flooding wipe out roads, disconnect people and destroy homes. We see blizzards and ice storms, and we know, especially if you live in more remote areas, you can be cut off for a few days.”
Lemnah says she's thrilled to lead the chapter’s Board of Directors and dedicated team of volunteers as they continue to carry out the organization’s humanitarian mission in the Green Mountains.
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