I'll never forget the first time I met PattiJo. The primary thing that stood out to me after hearing her story was that she had more jobs at one time than anyone I had ever met in my entire life. And before long, there she was, asking me about how she could volunteer for Jack's! Honestly I was skeptical because how on earth could she add one more thing to her life? But I came to know PattiJo and her core values of honesty, service, and self-sufficiency. I learned I could count on her to be real with me, and with everyone else at Jack's. I learned that above all else she exists to serve others. Something I experienced personally when going through a tough time last year and there she was on my doorstep with an amazing dinner she made for our entire family!
PattiJo, Why Do You Volunteer For Jack's?
I met Kyle Woody in 2019, we both attended the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute at the same time. As I listened to his journey of what brought him to where we were in this program, I felt his story. I found his journey to be extremely touching and honest. The fact that this organization was centered around the caregiver was amazing to me. It was centered around guys who are caregivers for their loved ones and offering support in a way that was helpful to them and would meet them where they were on their caregiver journey. Being someone who had been a cancer caregiver, I thought this was amazing and at the time, my brother’s fiancé was battling breast cancer. Before we left our training, I told Kyle, I would love to connect because I wanted to learn more about Jack's and the work they do.