April 24, 2008
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A sophomore on the lacrosse team, Anastasia Adam is actively involved with the Children's Hospital and the Race for the Cure. Adam is a native of Severna Park, Md., and is majoring in human organizational development with a minor in managerial studies.
What type community service work are you involved with?
I help out at the Children's Hospital close to every month. Additionally, I have both participated and volunteered in the Race for the Cure for the past seven years both in Nashville and Baltimore.
Why is it important for you to do community service?
I feel as though I have been so lucky throughout my life that it is important for me to help out others who are not as fortunate as I am.
How good of a feeling is it when you are doing community service?
It is great to feel that you have made an impact on a person's life or have helped them in some way. To see the faces of the patients at the Children's Hospital light up when you come in the room is truly remarkable.
How much does community service make you realize how fortunate you are?
Especially being a healthy athlete and going to the hospital to help out, I feel so blessed. The things that I take for granted every day such as practice and running suddenly make me realize how lucky I am to be able to play a sport on a day-to-day basis.
When you visit the Children's Hospital, what do you do while you are there?
We help out in the playrooms on the various floors. Normally I do the teenage floor where patients will come in and do arts and crafts or other activities with you. Sometimes they just want to talk or tell their story, so listening is very important. For me it is always inspiring to hear their personal stories. It is truly amazing how brave even young children can be.
Did you have experience with community service in high school?
At the high school I attended we helped out a great deal with the Boys and Girls Club. I really enjoy working with kids, and the organization that we worked with was always so grateful for the services that we provided them.