Wanda Lucas, Executive Director
In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” the character Mr. Bailey gets to see the lives he touched and how different his community of Bedford Falls would be had he not existed. Then there’s the movie “Pay It Forward” where little Trevor creates a program where the recipient of a favor does a favor for three others rather than paying the favor back. How often do you think about your own personal imprint in this world?
Recently, Capital Breast Care Center dedicated its mammography room to the late Zora Brown, a breast cancer advocate, activist and women’s health champion. She was very instrumental in getting the center opened, and also created its name. During the dedication, women who are trailblazers in their own right spoke with pride about their relationship with Zora. Those present felt the spirit of this great woman through these words and could not avoid being touched emotionally. I smile as I find myself walking pass the plaque bearing her name and wonder if she be proud of our recognition of her. But more importantly, would she be proud of the work that Capital Breast Care Center is doing?
I often think of my own demise since my cancer diagnosis. Common questions arise such as: “Will I have regrets? Will I have accomplished most of my ‘bucket list’?” “Will I have time to say goodbye to those I love?” However, I spend a great deal of time wondering what others will say about me after I am gone.
As I greet each day, I must remember to make the time to pay it forward and find ways to make a difference. I may not want a plaque in my memory but I would like to leave this world knowing that I made an impact somewhere, somehow and to someone.
“If I can help somebody as I pass along then my living shall not be in vain” – these words taken from a popular gospel song resonate strongly with me. When it is all said and done, I hope my living will not be in vain.