What is something not many people know about you?
I am a member of a group called the Marathon maniacs. You can only join if you've completed a certain number of marathons in a very short period of time. So, I am a maniac as many may have already known; though, now I am a certified one. I enjoy running on trails and find great satisfaction in helping others to reach their fitness goals and will soon run alongside my 15-year-old daughter as she ventures into her first half marathon.
I also have a passion for public education and its improvement, as I want children today to have the chance to choose their own opportunities. I am the current chairman of the county education development committee, which encourages businesses to work with our local public school programs and improve our educational community.
What have you learned about giving?
I have learned that true giving comes from our sustenance, not just our surplus. We start our staff meetings each week with a "grateful" moment. Each staff member and visitor shares something they are grateful for this past week. This approach of gratefulness from the outset of our work generates a sense of generosity by focusing first on what we are grateful for. There is a passage of scripture that motivates me, "Carrying out this social relief work involves far more than helping meet the bare needs of poor. It also produces abundant and bountiful thanksgivings to God. This relief offering is a prod to live at your very best, showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ." 2 Corinthians 9:12-13.
Giving has very little to do with how many material possessions one has. I'm amazed at how easy it is to speculate on what one would do and how one would give millions away if they won the $240 million lottery, yet we don't give from what we already have of our time, money or energy to the causes we believe in. I have found that when giving is a natural focus of one's life it comes out in all areas and becomes a way of living.
Why do you support ROI?
I see ROI as a way of guaranteeing the success of the specialty. In many ways the field of radiation oncology is behind other fields, not because of lack of ingenuity and focus in the field but because there is so much in the field still to discover and to make the specialty even more effective and efficient. With new changes coming in the medical industry as a whole every day, ROI provides a platform for the networking that is essential and the push for excellence to drive all those involved to be more than prepared to be at their very best.
ROI also provides an opportunity that combines two important causes to me, the specialty of radiation oncology and running. I was grateful that ASTRO approved the inaugural 5k run at their Annual Meeting this past fall and look forward to a growing tradition of raising money for a worthy cause by doing something many feel passionate about. This also provides an opportunity for companies to benefit themselves by encouraging participation in a fitness event benefiting the field.
Why did you get into the radiation oncology field?
The radiation oncology field offered me the chance to utilize both my math and business degrees. I have been involved in healthcare for 20 years and found radiation oncology to be just the right combination of needed skills. I've found radiation oncology a good place to offer hope. One radiation oncologist shared that we might be able to make the "C" (cancer) word more tolerable and not the death sentence within the next generation. I want to be part of that specialty. I'm grateful for the chance to make an impact, albeit statistically and from a macro analysis approach and not in clinical delivery, for people with cancer. I appreciate the openness to business practices found in radiation oncologists.
Why should a company give to ROI?
If you follow the idiom "purse strings follow passion," then how can you not support ROI if you believe in the benefits to the patients and the physicians? From presence, consolidated structure and benchmarking, ROI provides a vehicle to help the specialty communicate the value to patients.