Today’s blog post is written by OnTrac guest blogger Corporate Account Manager Nina Hegyi. Nina joins us to share her story about Yoga for Hope, which took place Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. OnTrac participated this year with a donation to the City of Hope. To read about past Yoga for Hope events, please click here for 2015, and here and here for 2014.
It fills me with both elation and amazement that August 13th was my sixth Anniversary participating in Yoga for Hope and supporting the wonderful work that is done at the City of Hope.
My passion for finding a cure for cancer and supporting the efforts of treatment comes from losing my mother to leukemia when I was young. The seed of volunteering was planted by my father. Shortly after we lost her, my father got my brothers and I involved in volunteering to empower us. It has now become a legacy to both my parents. It also fills my heart with joy that my son, Derek, shares this passion and that the legacy my father started is continuing with him. Unfortunately, I am not alone. There are still way too many children who have grown up without their moms, dads, and loved ones because they lost their battle to cancer. My personal battle continues.
As long as there is a cause that will help to cure cancer you can count on me to help. I’m happy beyond words that my OnTrac family has also been there with me supporting this battle. It started about 17 years ago when OnTrac, known as California Overnight back then, embraced what I was doing in San Diego with the American Cancer Society (ACS) Daffodil Days. For three consecutive years during the month of March, so many people at OnTrac were donating their time to deliver daffodils, which freed up the good people at ACS in order for them to generate more donations, and generate donations we did. I was honored by the ACS in San Diego for what I started. During their introduction, they said that our help generated over $500,000 statewide.
I was asked to join the Women's Council for the City of Hope in San Diego 10 years ago. In addition, I was also part of the group who started Yoga for Hope six years ago. Now, Yoga for Hope is a major fundraiser for the City of Hope and has grown to include three other cities. I, along with many others, look forward to the day there is a cure. With the work being done at the City of Hope that day is hopefully coming soon. However, we are not there yet. That is why once again, and following in the five years prior, I was part of Yoga for Hope San Diego. My OnTrac family was there to count on for support once again so that the City of Hope can continue to conduct more research, provide more treatments and encourage more people to go from hopeless to hopeful. To ensure the success of all the wonderful work done by the City of Hope, you can still donate here.
The one lesson I have learned from volunteering is that you don't have to be a big donor to make a difference. Small donations add up to make many differences. Those differences add up to many new treatments and advancements to finding a cure so that children don't have to know what it is like to grow up without a Mom. Until that day comes, the legacy to my parents will continue and I know that my OnTrac family will be right there to help!