Nobody is a single entity, we are all connected. Every person can positively affect another person.
Barbara Ryan hails from Nashville, Tennessee and when asked why she volunteers, her response: “Well Tennessee is the ‘Volunteer State’!” During her formative years, volunteering was a way of life in her community and the desire to help others has stayed with her.
Barbara’s career path in financial services took her to North Carolina in 1997, a state she still calls home today. While she continued to volunteer with organizations like the Red Cross and Big Brother/Big Sister, it was in 2004 that a breast cancer diagnosis brought her to Susan G Komen.
“As I went through my own breast cancer journey, I did feel there was a need for greater support to those going through diagnosis and treatment and I was in a position to help,” said Barbara.
She gives her time in an outreach capacity working health fairs to help others through the process of detection, diagnosis, or life after medical treatment. She says the time spent helping others also helps her.
“Nobody is a single entity, we are all connected,” said Barbara. “Every person can positively affect another person. Throughout life when you have the opportunity to help others, you owe it to yourself to get out there. It’s part of being a neighbor.”
Barbra was selected for the cruise through her use of the Reward Volunteers program, which honors and rewards those that volunteer and log their time. The program also works to reward the nonprofit organizations that volunteers log time on behalf of!
When not volunteering her time she love tackling a craft project. She will be joined on the cruise by her brother Robert Patterson.