Do-Gooder Recognized For Spreading Joy

Seeing the good and giving back is just a way of life for Marcia Bredar.

"I love life and I love people," said Bredar.

A lawyer for 18 years, she is involved in just about any and every charity or community group imaginable. Bredar was recently recognized for her passion of helping others.

"Oh I had no clue," laughs Bredar.

She got a 100 dollar gift card as thanks from First National Bank.

"That is just kinda how I am ya know, you have to do something, and I am not one to sit around at home and look at the four walls, I have to be out," said Bredar.

She's always volunteered, but volunteering became her second career after getting some bad news.

Bredar was diagnosed with polio at the age of two. And while it took a toll on her legs and health, it never really slowed her down. That is until she was diagnosed with post polio syndrome.

"What happens is 30 to 40 years after you have polio, you get excessive fatigue, sometimes a lot of pain, and you can't do what you used to do," said Bredar.

She had to slow down, retiring and then recovering.

"Twelve hours a day, took a two hour nap every single day for two years, that is how exhausted I was," said Bredar.

When she started feeling better she jumped back into volunteering.

"You need to find joy in your life. And whatever brings that joy to you whether it is your family, your kids, your volunteer word, your parish, your community, something that gets you going," said Bredar.

With the gift card already spent on others, she stacks presents under the tree excited to spend Christmas with family.

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