On Nov. 7th, I volunteered at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital for the first time in months because I’ve been busy putting action towards the blessings God has sent my way.
Over the last few months I was invited to attend the Startup Grind SoCal Conference 2016 (partnered with Google for Entrepreneurs) and the Stupid Cancer: OMG! Summit West 2016. You can check out the photos from those events here: http://www.calmandstrong.net/photos
It has been a while since I last volunteered and I had to get a flu shot before entering the playroom on floor 4800. When I first made it to the floor, I saw the teacher and when she saw me, it was like she seen a ghost.
I told her I’ve been busy marketing myself online and going to different networking events. I said I caught a few nice breaks the last few months and she congratulated me.
When I finally walked into the playroom, I saw the Child Life Assistant and she welcomed me back. She told me they finally got the Xbox One that I donated over the summer online for the teen patients.
She asked me what I’ve been up to, and I told her I was invited to attend a couple networking events. I finally have a video on my website of me completing my 10th speech from Toastmasters at CSUSB. You can check out the video here: http://www.calmandstrong.net/videos
I told her I attended a conference called Stupid Cancer and told her the organization focuses on young adult cancer survivors. I also said they help young adults transition with life after cancer. I gave her the brochure that was given to me at the conference so she could pass the information to other teen cancer patients.
I met another fellow volunteer who overheard me speaking to the Child Life Assistant about Stupid Cancer. She asked if I did my chemotherapy at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, and I said yes and she asked what do I do.
I told her I am an Inspirational Speaker and I talk about my experiences and realities with cancer, and I also gave her one of my business cards.
I was playing video games with one of the patients, and the Child Life Specialist walked into the playroom and he asked me if my ears were burning because him along with the Child Life Assistant were talking about me and the video games I donated to the playroom.
My day volunteering was great and it felt good to go back to my roots and volunteer helping the children and teen cancer patients by spending time with them. I’m going to volunteer again next Monday, Nov. 14th.
* I received my Toastmasters International Competent Communicator Certificate in the mail on Nov. 7th because I completed 10 speeches. Check out the certificate photo below.