ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Becky Gilling-Kramsky has only volunteered with ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis since June, but her impact has been swift and deep.
She is more than dedicated – a truly special player, said Ginny Finn, executive director of ABCD.
Gilling-Kramsky works for the organization faithfully three full days of the week. She has played an integral role in assuring ABCD delivers timely, top-quality peer support and peer mentor services.
Gilling-Kramsky offers client satisfaction follow-up, identifies new needed resources for those served by ABCD and also provides data analysis so upgrades to the organization’s services can be based on measured outcomes.
According to Finn, Gilling-Kramsky’s volunteer work is not just tasks.
“She augments the personalized services ABCD offers by spending extensive time engaged in supportive conversation and practical assistance with breast cancer patients and their loved ones,” Finn said.
Gilling-Kramsky is a retired ICU nurse, and she approaches her volunteer work with the same sensitivity and professionalism she would have on the job.
“This is no easy role for anyone, especially a volunteer,” Finn said. “Her impact reflects not only uncommon sensitivity, but a commitment of time and energy that is distinctive.”
ABCD founded its mission on training and supporting a volunteer corps of peer mentors. It has been doing this work for the past 17 years.
In her short tenure with the organization, Gilling-Kramsky has lifted the quality of services and provided much-needed support to ABCD staff.
“She exemplifies what we call a hero,” Finn said. “She’s reliable, thoughtful and someone who can change the whole dynamic. All she needs is a cape!”