If there is one word that would best describe Valerie Adkins of Marietta, Ohio, it would be helpful. That’s why it comes as no surprise that even as Val is battling cancer herself, she still continues to give back to others.

Val’s fundraising campaign was featured on Red Basket one year ago when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Val’s friends and family rallied to show their support. “When all was said and done, God had used the Red Basket fundraiser to supply what I would have made had I been able to work,” said Val. “For this we were quite thankful.”

On June 9, 2015, Val was surrounded by those dearest to her when she joyously rang the bell at the cancer center signaling the end of her cancer treatments. However, severe back pain just a few short months later led to the news that Val’s cancer had returned. Surgery and more chemo treatments soon followed.

Through all of the trials of battling cancer, Val has never lost sight of her giving spirit. She has participated in numerous Relay for Life Survivor’s Walks to encourage others who are facing a similar diagnosis as her own. She is active in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives making holidays and birthdays special for them. But most telling of her love of helping others is seen through the “Comfort Care” program that she started.

Comfort Care bags are packages that are filled with a variety of items to keep cancer patients occupied during treatments. Val works with the senior adults at her church and her local WoodmenLife Chapter to assemble the Comfort Care bags and deliver them to three area cancer centers.

Always eager to pay it forward, Val describes her journey with cancer like this: “I have truly been blessed through my journey. God has been so good to me. There have been very few days that I couldn’t go and do for others. For this I am thankful.”

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Lauren Fischer
Communications Specialist
Lauren is the Communications Specialist for RedBasket.org. She writes content for the blog, social media and other materials, as well as secures media coverage for RedBasket.org projects!