Do you have a favorite writer, songwriter, mentor or leader who inspires you? This year in particular, a favorite verse from the Bible in Isaiah has motivated me in both my work and my personal life:
19 For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19 New Living Translation (NLT)
This passage, whether one is Christian or not, can apply to many areas of life. As many of us embark on New Year’s resolutions to improve our health and wellbeing, these words empower us. We see the hopes of positive change in doing something new. How appropriate also are these words as we join with others in our community to support our new Cancer Institute? The passage implies being on the cusp of something transformational. In fact, we are, and I am grateful that so many of you are committed to the ideal of doing something new, something great for our community.
As we begin 2017, let’s remember our reason for doing something new – our families, friends and neighbors. Let’s hold on to the faces of our cancer patients and their family members. Let’s remind ourselves about our caregivers, physicians, nurses, volunteers, friends, and medical and administrative teams who are integral to every patient’s cancer journey. Let’s stay focused on why we began this journey together to change the face of cancer care. To give hope. To inspire. To build. To reinvent. To transform. Let’s make 2017 the Foundation’s best year yet as trustees, volunteers and community members continue the conversation, and continue raising support. Join us. For yes, we are about to do something new.
Jane Snipes, Executive Director
Whitfield Healthcare Foundation