Meet Our January Volunteer of The Month

 

This month, we would like to recognize Lindsay Usher, a volunteer who is involved in many different ways, including leading the Marketing Committee and serving on the Bottoms Up Bash Committee (among other things)!  We greatly appreciate all of her hard work to help raise awareness and support the Colon Cancer Prevention Project!  Learn a little bit about Lindsay below.

dec2015 vol Lindsay Usher

*How did you get involved with The Project?

When I moved back to Louisville from South Florida, I knew I wanted to volunteer for a non-profit organization that meant something to me.  My boyfriend’s mother is a colon cancer survivor and has shared many stories about her fight against colon cancer with me.  When I found out about the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, and after meeting with Lindy and learning more about all of the advocacy the Project does, I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to put some of my non-profit background to good use.  I feel very fortunate to have met and to work with the dynamic group of volunteers and staff at the Project.

*Why Louisville?

I was born and raised in Louisville, but had been living in South Florida for the past 4 years.  In 2013 I started my own marketing and technology training business, Dotz Connections, and it allowed me the freedom to work from anywhere so I’ve been able to  move back home to be closer to family and friends.  I am grateful that I had the opportunity to live somewhere else, but Louisville is truly my home and I am amazed at the change in the city (i.e. the arts, entertainment, downtown development and new dining) in the short number of years I’ve been gone.

*What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?

Tony BoomBozz

*What is one interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?

When I was younger I once sailed for 5 days in Lake Ontario on a 130 foot wooden sailboat that was built in the early 1900's.  We lived, worked and ate on the boat including hoisting the sails, steering the ship, standing anchor watches and helping cook meals in the galley.

*What is your motto you live by?

“Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul”

*What is some advice you were given long ago and still live by?

My mom has always told me “You’ll never know unless you try.”  This is true for everything—success, love, life, adventures, friendships.  If something good comes of it, cherish it… If something bad comes of it, learn from it but don’t let it hold you back. 

*What is your guilty pleasure? (Yes, we mean the one you are slightly embarrassed to admit.)

If I have absolutely nothing to do, I love nothing more than to vedge out in front of the TV with a bowl of white Mexican cheese dip & chips and watch mindless TV.

*If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?

I would tour Italy—Visit the old buildings in Rome, tour the city of Venice in a gondola on the waterways and check out the seaside villages…and of course eat lots of pizza!  

*If you could trade places with anyone in the world (dead or alive) for a month, who would choose and why?

I would trade places with someone like Ellen DeGeneres because she has the funds, network and power to impact people in need or those who deserve it AND she gets to interview interesting people.

Meet our December Volunteer of the Month

 

Volunteer Spotlight

This month, we would like to recognize Rebecca Maniago, a volunteer who is doing a lot to help us with so many different things related to the Bottoms Up Bash Planning Committee!  We greatly appreciate all of her hard work to help raise awareness and support the Colon Cancer Prevention Project!  Learn a little bit about Rebecca below.
 dec2015 Rebecca Maniago JPEG
*How did you get involved with The Project?
 
I am a pharmacist at the same oncology office as Whitney Perry and she sent an email out to the whole group about the Bottoms Up Bash seeking volunteers. I lost my aunt to colon cancer at the age of 52 a couple years ago so I immediately felt a pull towards working with this group.  My aunt was never one to miss a party so I know this event would be right up her alley.  It makes me happy to be part of an organization with so many people focused on such a great cause. I believe in the importance of prevention and in early screening for colon cancer so it makes me feel good to help people who otherwise would not have access to such screening. 
 

*Why Louisville?

I moved to Louisville from Lexington in my final year of pharmacy school at UK.  My now husband lived here and it seemed like a natural move for me to make in my life at that time.  I've lived here almost 7 years and could not be happier with where I am.  I have a 3 year old son, a 9 month old daughter and an amazing husband to come home to each night.  I love working in oncology and helping people with cancer.  

*Favorite restaurant in Louisville?

It's hard to choose a favorite, as Louisville has such an amazing culinary scene and my husband and I enjoy eating good food and drinking good wine.  I would say my two favorite fine dining restaurants are 610 Magnolia and Le Relais.  When we go out to eat with our kids it's definitely El Nopal.  Mexican restaurants are noisy and fast, which make them perfect for kids.
 
 

*What is one interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?

Before I went to pharmacy school I took a year off of college and lived in Tokyo and Miami as a model.  It was an experience I will never regret and living abroad at such a young age taught me so much about myself and ultimately led me to the path I am on now.  
 
 

*What is your motto you live by?

Family is everything.  
 
 

*What is some advice you were given long ago and still live by?

Work hard for what you want in life.  
 
 

*What is your guilty pleasure? (Yes, we mean the one you are slightly embarrassed to admit.)

See above.  Good food and good wine.  I also love to play craps at the casino.  
 
 

*If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
I would love to go to Italy.  My husband has family there and I want to meet them.  Plus, I hear the food and wine are fantastic.  :)


***Thank you, Rebecca!***

 

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