Former Raytheon manager to head Cancer Support SB
Deborah Patrick has been named the new president of the board of directors of Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach. CSCRB offers more than 200 free support programs each month for cancer patients and their families.
Patrick is a retired Raytheon engineering manager. She became active in CSCRB in 2013 when her husband was diagnosed with an aggressive esophageal cancer. While participating in CSCRB’s caregiver group to support him, her sister and stepmother were diagnosed with breast cancer. Her husband succumbed to his disease in 2014, and shortly afterwards she faced her own battle with breast cancer. Over a two-year period, CSCRB provided four different support services for her—a caregiver group, bereavement group, individual counseling and a newly diagnosed breast cancer support group. Since the successful treatment for her cancer, Patrick has become a champion for the organization by sponsoring and speaking at CSCRB’s fundraising events and joining the board in 2016.
The Redondo Beach resident brings more than 30 years of technical, cost and personnel management experience to the board. She is also a volunteer, court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children in the Los Angeles County dependency system and a Purdue University Women in Chemical Engineering Ambassador.
In response to the the pandemic, CSCRB has adapted all of its free programming to a virtual platform.
“As a former participant, I experienced first-hand how getting emotional support after a cancer diagnosis can empower patients and family members to care for themselves,” said Patrick. “CSCRB is an amazing organization that I am proud to support and I am excited to lead the board of directors as we work to safely transition back to in-person participation and expand the community supported by our services.”
For more information visit the cscrb.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 376-3550. ER