A woman I work with here in the Corporate office stunned me yesterday when I interviewed her for an article I am writing. It was so touching that I wanted to spread the word about her as much as possible.
Working at a pest control company, everyone expects that your life is bugs, just like accountants lives are dollar signs and a lawyer’s life is going to court. What a lot of people forget is that outside of our jobs people are raising families, running marathons and like Deb, giving back to their communities.
Deb Musser started with Ehrlich – Rentokil North America in December 2010, and although she is an integral piece of the Rentokil NAPC puzzle, it is her volunteerism outside of work that truly shines. Deb’s participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is soon coming on its 10th year anniversary. Throughout that time she has done everything for the Society from chairing local committees to being national recognized for her state involvement.
“I chaired the Pennsylvania state task force, the Relay Advisory Team, and we trained teams in leadership and how to effectively find sponsors through educating others about the ACS. Through chairing that I became part of a national relay team and was recognized at the 2012 Eastern Division Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. That may have been my proudest moment,” said Deb.
Currently, Deb is the Fundraising Chair for special events in the Western Berks County area of Pennsylvania. The most recent event she executed was “Paint the Parrot Purple”, a tropical themed dinner and dance that over 375 people attended. $5k was raised that evening.
The American Cancer Society, and Deb’s, newest venture is called Bark for Life, which honors cancer patients’ dogs. “One of the best caregivers to a patient is their best friend, their dog, and this event honors the dogs that have been part of the journey while also raising money for the ACS,” explained Deb. This event is only one among others such as the Relay itself and large bingo nights that almost always exceed 200 people.
The reason why the ACS is so close to Deb’s heart? “Less than 1% of men get breast cancer, and it was my father who survived it. We had no idea because it was never present in our family,” said Deb. “What I really love is that when I started this ten years ago, my father was a survivor and my son was just an infant. Being able to see my father hold my son every year during the Relays and watch my son grow has been amazing. Now, my son and his friends have their own Relay team, ‘Kids Crushing Cancer’. It’s really neat to see him embrace his community and truly enjoy it.”
The Relay for Life is a family event for Deb. Both a hobby and a passion, her husband Jay, son Adam, and dog Mango all support Deb and involve themselves in the events. “I’ve gotten back so much more than I’ve ever given – people I’ve met, relationships I’ve made, and being part of your community. A lot of people think they are alone with the sickness, but they aren’t. The ACS is always there for you and can answer any question you have for yourself, a family member or friend.”
Deb wants anyone out there to know – information about the American Cancer Society can be found at their website, http://www.cancer.org/, and the phones are always open to answer questions. Call 800-ACS-2345.
Looks like we are more than just pest control professionals…