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St. Paul, MN – April 27, 2010 – On behalf of our employees, volunteers, physicians, and leadership teams, we are pleased to announce that John Mastel and Kelly Moore were honored at an awards program last week as 2009 Eleven Who Care recipients.
Eleven Who Care (now in its 26th year) recognizes eleven individuals annually for their outstanding volunteer contributions specific to a cause or organization and for their promotion of the overall spirit of community volunteerism. John and Kelly join a "Hall of Fame" comprised of 286 amazing volunteers who make organizations and neighborhoods across Minnesota better places to live and work each day.
John is a long-time Bethesda Hospital volunteer and the heart and soul behind its stroke support group and peer visitors program. He has been a tireless advocate for stroke awareness, education, and outreach programming, and has made serving others his lifetime mission.
This fall, John will celebrate 27 years of facilitating Bethesda’s stroke support group, the group he himself created. Also, over 20 years ago, he developed Bethesda’s peer visitor program (which he oversees) that focuses on matching stroke survivors with current patients. These visitors—who John helps to recruit and train—offer hope and insights to patients and their families about the road to recovery following stroke.
Additionally, John was a key player in establishing St. Joseph’s Hospital’s brain aneurysm support group over the past couple of years. This group has continued to grow in size and scope and has partnered with the Bethesda stroke support group on a variety of activities.
Everyone who meets John can easily see a kind and compassionate man connected to purpose, worthwhile work, and a commitment to making a difference. He is the embodiment of engagement and his contributions provide inspiration to everyone who crosses his path. John’s dedication to excellence is truly hardwired in all that he does.
Kelly, a St. John's Hospital donor and breast cancer survivor, says she was honored and humbled to be among the eleven individuals to receive this year's distinguished award. For her, it started with a promise. Now she is making a significant impact in the fight against breast cancer in the Twin Cities. She’s a dedicated teacher, a hard-working single mom, and a breast cancer survivor, who has raised more than $30,000 to combat breast cancer.
During her cancer treatment in 2002, Kelly made a promise. “I thought, ‘if I ever make it out of this, I’m going to make a difference.” She launched Treasured Chests, one of the most creative fundraisers in the Twin Cities that has brought together Twin Cities’ artists, musicians, models, and health care providers to raise thousands of dollars to fight breast cancer.
At her first event, she raised $10,000 and donated it to local cancer research. At her last event, Kelly raised $20,000 and donated it to the HealthEast Breast Care Center at St. John’s Hospital, the same place where she received her own cancer treatment. Her donation went toward an ultrasound that’s now helping other women beat this disease.
Kelly continues to make a difference by speaking at colleges to young women about breast cancer awareness.
Congratulations to both John Mastel and Kelly Moore for this well-deserved recognition. Their passion for caring is saluted by HealthEast Care System.