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September 2018 - Sylvia Chambless

Congratulations to our October Volunteer of the Month, Sylvia Chambless. Sylvia has been volunteering with Atlanta Track Club for twelve years and has become a familiar face at our race number pick-ups before events. She likes volunteering because it keeps her active and because of the long lasting friendships she has made. Sylvia is currently battling breast cancer, but she is determined to beat it as she has before. Despite her current diagnosis, she continues to volunteer with us at all of our events and plans to volunteer and participate in the 2019 AJC Peachtree Road Race.

Do you remember your first time volunteering with Atlanta Track Club?

My first volunteer assignement was at the old Atlanta Track Club location. We were assigned to bag volunteer T-shirts and goodies for the crew chiefs for the next event. I have been hooked on volunteering wth the Club ever since. That was twelve years ago.

What is your favorite Atlanta Track Club event? Why? Volunteer of the Month

My favorite event is the Kilometer Kids Fun Run. This is my favorite because my grandchildren were participating in the run and I've enjoyed seeing them crossing the finish line to receive their awards. They are older now, but it's still a joy to watch the children run and have fun.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Atlanta Track Club? What brings you back?

My favorite thing about volunteering with the Club is being around people who are as passionate about volunteering as I am. Atlanta Track Club has the nicest staff and throughout my years of volunteerng, I have made many lasting friendships.

Do you have a favorite volunteer assignment? 

My favorite assignments are race number pick up and post-race T-shirts because  I get to see the runners and walkers before the race, then after the race I get to congratulate the ones I remember and give them their T-shirt. I have also served with the food, gear check and water stations.

What organizations do you volunteer with beyond Atlanta Track Club?

I volunteer for four ministries at my chuch. I love my church and I love volunteering. Other organizations I have volunteered for include Atlanta Mission, Meals on Wheels, Hands on Atlanta and C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully). I volunteer because I love to give my time and my heart.

What do you do for a living?

I have been retired from the U.S. Postal Service for over 10 years.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I am a very emotional and passionate person.  I try to encourage someone whenever there is a need, and giving back is my way of staying active. I used to walk in different races around Atlanta, which I totally enjoyed, but the AJC Peachtree Road Race was my favorite to walk in. I loved doing that race but for the last three years I have only volunteered. I have resolved that I will return for the 2019 Peachtree. 

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to share my journey of battling this evil disease for a second time.  Like my first time, I will SURVIVE.  I am stronger than cancer and cancer is not my life, it is a part of my life that I'm dealing with right now and this too shall pass. As long as I'm in the healing hands of my Lord, I'm not worried or stressed about this attack on my body again. I know it will be a long journey.  I'm now bald from the chemo treatments, I also get sick for a few days after the treatments and I've been told my nails will turn dark. These are things I can deal with.  As for my hair, it will grow back, but in the meantime, hats, wigs and scarves are my best friends. I will get the rest I need on those days I'm not feeling well and if and when my nails become dark, I'll visit the salon. I am going to live and thrive. I have family and friends who love and care for me too much not to. I can't give up. Blessings and the best of health to the survivors and good memories of those who have passed on. Just a word of wisdom: always show love and support to someone going through diagnosis and treatments of any type of cancer. Support is a very important part of surviving this disease that is not going to win.


Volunteer of the Month Update

Volunteer of the Month

Mizuno strives to be Atlanta's essential and reliable running brand, and in 2018 they're making a commitment to YOU, the essential and reliable volunteers who make our 30+ events and programs possible. Beginning in January, they'll provide the Volunteer of the Month with seasonal apparel and discounted footwear to make all those hours spent on your feet more comfortable. We can't wait for next year! 

Previous Volunteers of the Month

"Volunteer of the Month" began in March of 2015 with the launch of our new website as a way to honor and recognize our amazing Atlanta Track Club volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty.  Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month and thank you for all that you do!

September 2018 - Cartersville High School Wrestling Team

August 2018 - Cindy Patton

July 2018 - Dan and Mary Reed

June 2018 - James Bryant

May 2018 - Tomica Holmes

April 2018 - Linda Bode Phinney

March 2018 - Jess and Walter Kolis

?February 2018 - Marylyn Sabol

January 2018 - Jennifer Grunbaum

December 2017 - Carol Dell

November 2017 -Nisa Sommers

October 2017 - Susan Porteous

September 2017 - Carol Gsell

August 2017 - Sandra Smith

July 2017 - Bill Royston

June 2017 - Shirlene Stafford

May 2017 - Lacey Phillips

April 2017 - Craig Sprinkle

March 2017 - Mike Cook

February 2017 - Virginia Harris

January 2017 - Bill and Dana Zavatky

December 2016 - Dr. Robert Albin

November 2016 - Kathryn Welden

October 2016 - Bill Strickland

September 2016 - Ann Bentsen

August 2016 - Dinnie Rogers

July 2016 - Betsey Kidwell

June 2016 - Diana Watson

May 2016 - Eileen Fannon

April 2016 - Roosevelt Thomas and Thomas Baker

March 2016 - Mike Idacavage

February 2016 - Dennis Burgess

January 2016 - TJ Hadley

December 2015 - Cee Cee and PJ Johnson

November 2015 - Sheila Ball

October 2015 - Alta Urtarte

September 2015 - Gary Hosmer

August 2015 - Joseph and Patricia Scruggs

July 2015 - Mike Toulouza

June 2015 - John Wallace

May 2015 - Amy Malcom

April 2015 - Sherri Madore

March 2015 - Vanessa Bennett