STORIES OF MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR KIDS WITH CANCER
Volunteer Spotlight: Kristen Salmon
“My first memory of ASK was at Christmas,” shared Kristen Salmon, mom to ASK kid Jamy who was diagnosed with Wilms Turmor when he was 6 months old. His tumor was the size of a softball and his left kidney had to be removed.
“We had been so overwhelmed with Jamy and Malcolm [twins] and treatment, that we didn't even think Christmas. Then, we were told to meet someone from ASK at a location and our car was literally filled with presents for our babies! I know I cried thankful tears when we got them.”
Kristen decided in fall 2015 that she wanted to help make life better for other kids and families as a volunteer for ASK. She helps to put away snacks, prep for major fundraisers, inventory gift cards and shop for the Welcome Home program.
In getting the inside scoop of the day-to-day operations of ASK, Kristen explains, “I had no idea the amount of services available to ASK kids… I wish people knew that ASK is a local foundation and every dime goes toward the tiniest things as well as huge room remodels!”
This past holiday season, Kristen stayed extra busy sorting toy donations and using her creative talents to make personalized ASK bears for each of ASK's First STEP preschoolers, which includes her daughter, Allison.
“As a volunteer for ASK, it is amazing what a small group can make happen,” Kristen explains.
So very true, considering ASK was formed and led by volunteers for its first 30 years. Volunteers are still our backbone and we always welcome a helping hand to help support our ASK kids and families.