Congrats to Sylvia Contreras for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!
Nominating Organization: Susan G. Komen Orange County
Honoree Category: Health
Why Nominated: Sylvia has worked hard to make a positive impact on the community. She first volunteered for Susan G.Komen Orange County when she was a senior in college and has been at every Orange County Race for the Cure event since 2003. She has an unwavering commitment to service and helping the Orange County affiliate with their mission of eradicating breast cancer forever. For the past 11 years, Sylvia has tirelessly worked to support our Affiliate and individuals impacted by breast cancer in our community.
She has served as a liaison between the National Sponsor of the Survivors’ Recognition Program – Zeta Tau Alpha and Komen Orange County Affiliate for 9 years. In this capacity she has worked closely with our Volunteer Department bringing large numbers of Zeta Tau Alpha volunteers to our Race for the Cure. She led her volunteer groups in the survivor tent passing out survivor goody bags, t-shirts, and pink hats to survivors. In addition to all this she has been the team captain for the Zeta Tau Alpha and Friends team at the Race for the past 8 years. Her involvement and dedication to the Race has been strong and was pictured in Komen’s Race for the Cure brochure in 2013. She has also worked with Pink Ribbon Clubs throughout the county and Zeta Tau Alpha members to increase collection of pink Yoplait Lids as a part of the “Save Lids, Save Lives,” campaign for many years.
Too many to list, Sylvia has served at Komen outreach and fundraising events throughout the years. Let’s just say that she has spun the Komen breast cancer information wheel more than a few times. She is passionate about spreading breast cancer awareness and spends much of her time and energy supporting the cause. Sylvia loves to work the registration table at events, so she can personally meet others who are supporting Komen. She engages people with her great attitude, kindness, dedication and enthusiasm for Komen. Sylvia has volunteered at the Pink Tie Ball event since its inception. She also helps at 3rd party events including the Reds, Whites and Greens, Rally for the Cure and Paws for Pink.
In addition to all this gets the rest of her family involved in volunteering and helping to bring breast cancer awareness to the community.
Her sister, Melina, who is also a Komen volunteer, described her sister’s passion, “She has mentioned many times that her favorite volunteer moment was when a teenage girl came up to her at a booth and was scared because she had heard about breast cancer and was worried she would have it and wouldn’t know. Sylvia quickly explained the basic health risks and told the girl – know your body and what’s normal for you. If you are worried or suspect something is not right, trust your instincts and visit a doctor. Sylvia hopes that every time she volunteers for Komen she reminds someone to do their breast self-exam, to make an appointment for a mammogram or at the very least meet a survivor and remind them that there people who are working tirelessly to help end breast cancer forever”.
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