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2016 Cancer Action Volunteer of the Year- Beve Freeman
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
We affectionately call Beve our “Friday Girl.” Every Friday she is faithfully manning the reception desk at our Cancer Action office in Johnson County…and she has been doing that for nearly 7 years! Beve knows the impact of the services Cancer Action provides to cancer patients, being a 15 year cancer survivor. She is a bright, positive light to clients who come to our office. She is always willing to share her experience, and offer comfort and hope to those who are just beginning their journey.
Beve’s first encounter with Cancer Action was when she was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2001 at the age of 47. She came in for a wig and turbans. She is quick to say “Those wigs meant the world to me. I wanted to go out in public and look normal. You were there for me when I needed it. I want to be there for others when they need it.” Shortly after she finished her treatment Beve began to find ways to give back. She organized two cookbook sales through her work to raise money for Cancer Action, selling over 800 cookbooks!
Beve is always willing to do whatever needs to be done. On Friday’s she helps with office work, preparing mailings, answering phone calls, filing, organizing wigs and supplies and greeting our clients. She has also helped with special events-an expert at making PB&J sandwiches for bike rides and helping with the Bikers for Boobies Motorcycle ride. In her spare time she enjoys going to estate sales and picking up equipment and items that are in good condition to be used by our clients. Shirley Gibson, Program Director shared that when she brings in equipment, Beve jokingly says, “Can I keep my job another week?” To which she always receives a hearty “absolutely”!
Beve has made a life out of giving back. She volunteers on the board for Johnson County Probation and Diversion for Teens, is active as a child advocate for the Kansas Department of Education, and helps out at her grandson’s school. She enjoys quilting, cooking and making beta (fish) bowls (a specialty that she would have to explain). She even makes dog bandanas for Cut N Cuddle Groomers.
She is also very committed to her family. She and her husband, Lee had been married for 40 years before his untimely death last year. She has three children and one eleven year old grandson who is the apple of her eye!
Beve loves her time volunteering at Cancer Action. When asked what you would tell someone who is interested in volunteering, she says “You’re coming to the best place to volunteer!” I know I am appreciated here! Beve, indeed you are much appreciated, and we are honored to name you as Cancer Action’s Volunteer of the Year!
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