In the words of her 9-year-old son, Heather is kind, pure-hearted, and willing to help!
As The B Fund gears up for its 5th Annual Halloween Candy Drive, we wanted to take a moment to highlight a woman who has played an instrumental role in orchestrating the drive for several local schools. Last year’s drive was our most successful to date, raising $10,000 for critically ill children and their families and inspiring over 3,500 individuals to donate their Halloween candy.
Heather went above and beyond to engage the communities of Upham Elementary School and Horatio H. Hunnewell Elementary School, both in Wellesley, MA. She reached out to families, planned and coordinated several events, and, in total, inspired over 500 students to give their Halloween sweets to those in need! Her helpful, can-do attitude was an inspiration to all who participated.
In addition to her efforts with The B Fund, Heather is on the board of the Ellie Fund. This nonprofit provides support services to breast cancer patients to relieve their burdens while in treatment. When Heather’s close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age, the Ellie Fund was incredibly supportive to her and her family. Heather wanted to help provide this kind of assistance to families going through similar experiences. Heather’s commitment to the cause intensified when her own father was diagnosed with lung cancer and she experienced firsthand the difficulty of caring for an ill family member.
Heather also utilizes her passion for graphic design and photography to help those in need. She frequently assists Boston-area nonprofits with their design work, and she has also helped local business owners create advertisements and website images.
Heather took some time to reflect on what it means to have the opportunity to help others.
“During difficult times in my life I have been the beneficiary of kinds acts and during good times I have had the opportunity to help others,” Heather wrote, “These experiences are both humbling, but in different ways.”
She continued with this thoughtful response:
“I believe it is important to help others as doing so simply makes the world a better place. I feel that individuals who perform acts of kindness will feel happy and optimistic about the world around them and will feel good about themselves. Recipients of kind acts may feel happier and hopeful – and may be inspired to help others when they are able. Helping others can create a richer sense of self and community. I recently read an old Chinese proverb that resonated with me: ‘If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.’”
Some more fun facts about Heather:
- Her favorite movie is French Kiss
- Her favorite app is Sonos, a music app that allows her to play background music everywhere she goes.
- If Heather had one hour to herself to do anything she wanted, she’d spend it the way most of us would: indulging in some reality TV or Netflix shows!
We ask The B Fund kids how they will make a difference in this world by asking them to reflect on the question, “What will you be?” Heather completed this sentence by pledging to be “the best person I can be. Hopefully I will be a good role model for my children and they will learn to use their time, talents and treasures to help others.”
Heather’s work with cancer patients and their families demonstrates The B Fund’s mission to use one’s time, talents, and treasures to give back to those in need. Especially as we prepare for this year’s Halloween Candy Drive, we truly appreciate all that she does to give back.
Do you know someone who’s using their time, talents, and treasures to help those in need? Nominate them to be featured for our “Be Inspired” piece! Email us at email@example.com for more information.