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December Volunteer of the Month: Angela An

Many people in Central Ohio turn on their TVs and start the day with Angela An and the rest of the 10TV Morning team during the week. When the TV cameras are not rolling; she is a mother, wife, friend and a champion for several charitable causes dear to her heart – and one of those causes is Komen Columbus.

10TV's Mike Davis, Angela An, her daughter  Emmie, and Chuck Strickler during the 2013 Race for the Cure.

10TV’s Mike Davis, Angela An, her daughter Emmie, and Chuck Strickler during the 2013 Race for the Cure.

If you’ve  attended a Race for the Cure, you have surely seen Angela at the survivor ceremony wearing a pink wing in memory of her friend, Heather Pick, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008. Angela takes her role as a cheerleader for survivors and their circle of support very seriously by handing out hugs and high-fives.

“People are drawn to her,” said Nicolle Racey, communications director at Komen Columbus,”she knows how to get people engaged and feel like they are part of something bigger. We are so blessed to have an advocate like her in our corner. She’s just a rock star.”

In her own words, Angela shares why finding cures for breast cancer and supporting Komen Columbus are important to her.

What (or whom) inspired you to get involved with Komen Columbus?
My inspiration comes from the many women I met over the past years who embody spirit and courage as they battle this ugly disease. I joined Komen Columbus officially as a board member soon after my dear friend and colleague Heather Pick passed away in 2008 from breast cancer. Her message of strength and spirit continues to inspire me today to keep pushing the limits until we find a cure and help save more lives with early detection.

Angela, and her husband Don, at the on-site registration at the Polaris Fashion Mall.

Angela, and her husband Don, at the on-site registration at the Polaris Fashion Mall.

What’s your favorite part about volunteering with Komen Columbus?
The best part of volunteering is getting to meet real people who are in this fight together – whether it’s a mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, or daughter and I love meeting their circle of support- husbands, children, family, friends, co-workers. Seeing so many people united for one cause is pretty breathtaking.

What is the most memorable moment or event you’ve experienced with Komen Columbus? And why?
May 2009. Seeing a sea of pink wigs at the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. Tens of thousands of woman – AND MEN – came out with hot pink wigs to honor Heather’s legacy, since this was the first race after she passed. Talk about a moment. Talk about a movement that spoke volumes.

When you’re not volunteering for Komen Columbus, what do you like to do?
Spending as much time with my family is my #1 love. My husband and daughter make my heart sing every moment. Aside from that – I love to ski and play golf, and if I can, a little wine with friends.

One Response

  1. Definitely a well deserved recognition, Angela! Your participation and involvement is so very appreciated, and as part of the race registration committee, I am well aware how much time you lend to those efforts alone. Blessings. Mary B

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