Honoree: Donna Hartman
Honored by: Susan G. Komen Orange County
Cause Area: Healthcare
Donna Hartman is a two time breast cancer survivor, first diagnosed 19 years ago and then again 4 years ago. She started volunteering with Komen OC in March 2013, inspired by the hope of a world without cancer and wanted to reach out to her community and spread the message about early detection and resources that are available. She started helping with community outreach activities and helped at several mobile mammography sign up and screening days. She also started speaking on behalf of Komen on the Speakers Bureau as a breast cancer survivor and very quickly found her voice and a way to quickly connect with her audiences. She has attended many speaking engagements,
educational seminars, health fairs, Race promotions and check presentations since joining us. She took on a leadership role coordinating our Komen group of over 60 volunteers at the Huntington Be
ach July 4th Parade last year, being their contact point and organizing them in the Parade line-up. Since joining us she has been an active member on the Survivor Advisory Committee assisting with the coordination of the annual Survivor Luncheon. She has also been an active member on the Race Leadership Committee and Race Survivor Tribute Committee. She stepped up to co-chair the Race Survivor Committee Tribute in 2015 and
is co-chair again for our up and coming 2016 Race. In addition to her volunteer work with Komen, she coordinates an online support group utilizing social media to build a supporting network of breast cancer survivors. When asked about her work at the Hoag Breast Center, Donna says that she loves being in the unique situation where she can help women with her knowledge about early detection, comfort them when they receive bad news and give hope to those in the midst of their journey. When asked why Komen, she responded with “The reason I volunteer for Komen is because I have personally seen lives changed through their efforts. Some of my friends are alive due to Komen’s wonderful support. I know that the funds raised by Komen OC go to helping women in our community and also to research which is vital to finding a cure for cancer. I love how Komen empowers survivors by equipping us and allowing us to have a voice in the community.” She was awarded as Komen OC’s Most Inspirational Breast Cancer Survivor in 2014 and the 2016 Promise of One Komen National Award.