"We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community...Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others..." - Cesar Chavez
The Hampton Roads community is something that is very dear to Bank @lantec, a division of Dollar Bank, FSB. With all of our operations focused here, many of our employees and directors are active members and volunteers within the community. Bank @lantec has a special Community Team who is continually fundraising for different non-profit organizations including Pediatric Proton Foundation, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and various other causes.
Letitia "Tish" Goodwyn, Assistant Branch Manager
What do you do to help the HR Community? I have attended the March of Dimes walk for the past two years.
Why did you decide to do it? "I had a difficult pregnancy with my daughter and was on bed rest for 3 months because she was extremely small and the doctors were not sure of the reason. She was born only 3lbs, 3oz and had to stay in the hospital for 3 weeks before we could take her home. Although she was perfectly healthy, it was a very difficult time for my husband and I. The March of Dimes provides many services to help mothers reach a full term pregnancy and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. My daughter is now in an organization called, "Top Teens of America," and we both participate in the walk each year."
Susan R. Ralston, Senior Vice President/COO
What do you do to help the HR Community? "I am the founder and Executive Director of Pediatric Proton Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing education, advocacy and assistance to families who have a child or children affected by cancer and needs assistance gaining access to proton therapy."
Why did you choose to do it? "When my two-year old son, Jacob, was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in August 2007, his protocol called for radiation therapy after 6 rounds of chemotherapy. My father-in-law had learned about proton therapy just months before and insisted we take a look at the Proton Therapy Center at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. After beginning treatment there a short while later, we were surprised to learn that over 85% of pediatric patients are referred to proton by friends or family members! I wanted to "pay it forward" by making proton therapy an option that you can consider because many oncologists and radiation oncologists are simply not educated in the benefits of this advanced treatment."