Allison was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2010, when she was 14 years old. In 2011, she relapsed and had a stem cell transplant to save her life. She knew she loved life and was willing to fight hard for it, but she had no idea that she would eventually find the love of her life through her cancer diagnosis and volunteerism with ASK.
As a survivor, Allison became a dedicated volunteer for ASK, wanting to give back to the organization that had done so much for her. She looked forward to being a counselor each summer at ASK Summer Camp, where she met another volunteer, Henry. He was the babysitter of an ASK kid and was happy to help with camp when asked by Amy Godkin, ASK's executive director.
"I felt a connection with the kids that attended camp, year after year," says Henry. "This is a rare and wonderful organization where everyone is willing to get into the trenches and do whatever it takes to make life better for children with cancer, and I love that!"
Allison and Henry saw each other at camp every summer and then reconnected Allison's senior year in college. They started dating and three years later, in October 20019, they married. "Their wedding was absolutely beautiful and I was so honored to see their story come full circle," exclaimed Alma Morgan, ASK education coordinator. "It's a beautiful love story. I believe that we go nowhere by accident - Henry and Allison came to camp for a reason!"
Henry and Allison are very involved in the ASK 5K & Fun Walk and the ASK 5K Donut Run. They can be seen setting-up course cones before each race and staying till the end to breakdown the course.
"It's so important to me to give back," says Allison. "I love that ASK is a full-service organization with services and programs that help from diagnosis to
remission. The staff and volunteers do so
much good work!"
Congratulations Allison and Henry!