My Visit to the White House

 I went to the White House!
It was a humbling experience and an awesome opportunity. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, twenty breast cancer advocates from across the country met in Washington, DC to deliver petitions to the President of the United States, and I was one of the twenty!Now before you go getting all excited, I did not meet the president, but we were met by Hallie Schneir, the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Carole Johnson, Senior Policy Advisor of the White House Domestic Policy Council. We were able to tell them all about the work we were doing and ask for their (and the president’s) support and help.The petition asks the President to work with the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. As the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC), and one of the staff members at DBCC who worked to get signatures for the petition, I was invited to attend.And I was humbled. Out of all of the staff members at DBCC who worked just as hard as I did to get signatures, and have been working with DBCC much longer than I have, I was honored that my Executive Director chose me. 

I know that I do a good job. I show up when I’m supposed to, do whatever I need to do to get the job done, and stay dedicated until my tasks are complete, but I have a hard time seeing what everyone else is seeing in me and find myself asking “why me”.

I know that is not the mentality I should have and should instead ask myself “why not me”, but if I’m completely honest with you, I tend to be my own worst critique. And even more to that point, you know how firefighters and police men always say “just doing my job” after being called a hero, well that’s kind of how I feel. I’ve been getting so much praise lately and

I don’t feel like I’ve done anything more than what’s expected of me, but I do appreciate that people are acknowledging that I work hard and give my all, and I’m honored that my Executive Director has so much faith and trust in me to represent the agency at the White House. 

 It was definitely a day to remember for so many reasons!

For more information on the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, click here.

 And for pictures, see below! 🙂

  

Me, petitions in hand, about to go into the White House.
Inside, ready to meet with the White House Staff.
Everyone received M&Ms signed by President Obama. I love M& Ms that much more now 🙂
The NBCC advocates from across the country who worked on getting signatures for the petitions.

 

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