Volunteer of the Month – February 2019

Each month, the JDRF Southwest Ohio staff recognizes a special volunteer who goes above and beyond in supporting the chapter and is a positive ambassador for the organization.

 

Dick Maloney’s daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 15 in 2013.  It was then that he started associating with JDRF and really dove into his volunteer role in 2017.  Dick has volunteered at many JDRF events including the JDRF One Walk Kings Island, but his volunteer role looks a lot different than most.  With a journalism background, Dick volunteers his time and skills by creating content for the JDRF website.  “I have been inspired by the people with whom I have met, who willingly share their type 1 stories and are working so hard for the type 1 community,” Maloney recalls.  In his free time Dick enjoys spending time with his family and watching sports.  He recently co-authored a book, “Classic Bengals: The 50 Greatest Games in Cincinnati Bengals History.”  When asked for his best advice for those with T1D and their families, Dick says, “Take a deep breath.  This is your life now, so lead it.  Realize that there is a very large, dedicated and supportive type 1 community, and JDRF, there to support you.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help, don’t be afraid to get angry – everyone does – but focus on what you need to do and you will make it.  A diagnoses changes your life, but that change does not have to be for the worse. It can be for the better.”  Dick would like to add that he has become a big fan of those whom he has met through JDRF.  “Their dedication to this fight and courage dealing with type 1 is reason to believe we are winning,” he states.  Thank you, Dick, for everything you do for JDRF and the T1D community – especially through telling our stories.  We appreciate you!

Previous Honorees:
Jenn Mosier, July 2017
Daniel Feldkamp,August 2017
Mindi Patterson, September 2017
Dawn Bringer, October 2017
Salena Burg, November 2017
Jack Knapke, December 2017
Petra Vester, January 2018
Kate Sandfoss, February 2018
Teresa Ripley, March 2018
Jonathan Boeckling, April 2018
Donna Walker, May 2018
Holly Amann-Pauly, June 2018
Joe Szabo, July 2018
Renee Denton, August 2018
Jill Baker-Braun, September 2018
Todd Carnes, October 2018
Melissa Litke, November 2018
Julie Roettker, December 2018
Tracy Huebner, January 2019