Karen Eckert, right, accepts “Giving Your Best” award from WJBF News Channel 6’s Jenna Lee Wright.
The Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition (BCPC) congratulates BCPC Vice-President and Executive Board member Karen Eckert on receiving the November, 2012 WJBF News Channel 6 “Giving Your Best” award. WJBF selects one local winner each month from nominations submitted by the community. Karen is featured in an article and video on the WJBF website. Winners are also honored at the Annual Giving Your Best Jefferson Awards Banquet.
BCPC President Nita Zachow nominated Karen, citing Karen’s dedication and fundraising efforts, on top of numerous other commitments.
As a BCPC board member, Karen is Nita’s right hand, organizing meetings, serving as a liaison, and leading several fund-raising activities. Karen is the coordinator of a very successful (and huge) “Find the Cure” educational and fundraising program that takes place in local middle and high schools during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
One of Karen’s significant contributions was the 2011 production of a wellness video, Breast Cancer Prevention for Teens. The goal of the video, and one of Karen’s personally, is to send middle and high school students the message that good nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle can help prevent breast cancer and other diseases. Karen wrote, directed, and produced the video which features TV anchor Jennie Montgomery and local physician Dr. Robert Pendergrast. The video is now shown each October in over 20 schools to thousands of teens.
Karen volunteers weekly at the Georgia Health Sciences University Cancer Center where you will generally find her in The Image Boutique. There, she assists ladies with purchasing bras, wigs, jewelry, hats, and scarves. Most importantly, she offers a ready smile and makes everyone feel good. Karen also helps in the Infusion area, offering patients a warm blanket, a drink or snack.
As a member of Aiken Master Gardener Association (AMGA), Karen volunteers for AMGA projects including “Meet A Master Gardener” and “Rent A Master Gardener”. She also coordinates information and speakers for her community garden club, The Mount Vintage Plantation Transplants.
When asked about Karen’s nomination, Nita Zachow said “I nominated Karen for the “Giving Your Best” award because she is one of the most competent, dedicated, caring ladies I know. Karen is most deserving of this award and I am most pleased that she has been selected as the winner!”
Congratulations, Karen! The award is well-deserved.
BCPC members and friends share Karen’s special moment