In a reception featuring nearly 100 volunteers from all corners of the Nebraska, the American Cancer Society recognized its volunteer leadership in the first-annual ACS Volunteer Recognition Celebration at the Cornhusker Marriott on Sunday.
Among the award winners was the American Cancer Society’s 2009 Volunteer of the Year, Betty Robinson. While living in California in 2003, her seven-year-old granddaughter Jessica was diagnosed with a brain-stem glyoma (tumor in her brain stem). Betty became one of Jessie’s primary caregivers, a task that included a daily 123 mile round-trip drive to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Less than a year after her diagnosis, Jessie lost her hard-fought battle with the disease. Betty and her husband Jack moved to Lincoln soon after.
Since moving to Lincoln, Robinson has played a large part in almost every aspect of the American Cancer Society’s events, programs and services in the area. She has been an active member of the Relay For Life at Haymarket Park committee, a part of the ACS advocacy efforts and an office volunteer but is probably making her largest impact as the coordinator for Lincoln’s Road to Recovery program that coordinates rides for cancer patients who have no other way to get to their treatments.
Thanks to her, in 2009, Lincoln’s volunteers assisted patients with 807 round-trip rides to help them receive the life saving treatment they need.