Volunteer Spotlight: Lester Trotter

Lester Trotter

Lester pictured with Komen Central Indiana Executive Director, Natalie Sutton

Lester Trotter began volunteering with Komen Central Indiana 10 years ago when a former coworker encouraged him to join their corporate team for the Indianapolis Race for the Cure.

Lester remembers that colleague had a special place in her heart for Komen Central Indiana and shortly after encouraging Lester to get involved, she died from cancer. Lester continues to dedicate his volunteer work with Komen in her memory, and he says he is also passionate about supporting the search for the cures.

Lester is not only a corporate team member but an individual volunteer and a member of the Executive Committee for the Indianapolis Race for the Cure. He is on the MOD Squad (Masters of Distribution), where he helps distribute Race packets to participants and lends a hand in the warehouse. In addition to fundraising for the Race, he acts as a cheerleader in his workplace at CNO Financial Group and in the central Indiana community, encouraging colleagues to participate and donate for the Race. Lester also helps with set-up and tear-down at Military Park each year for the Race.

Lester says his favorite volunteer projects to help with are registration and packet distribution because he enjoys seeing so many positive people looking to make a difference. One of Lester’s favorite laughable memories from Race was searching for his car two years in a row! After two years of Lester and his friend searching for his car after the Race, he has now mastered the parking situation. Lester likes that he can have fun with other members of the MOD Squad while working toward the same goal.

What started out as a work obligation has now turned into a long-lasting relationship between Lester and Komen Central Indiana. He continues to volunteer for his friends and family that have been touched by cancer. Lester says he feels a need to help and believes anyone can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

He has also had the honor of receiving the Jefferson Award twice, which is known as the “Noble Prize for Public Service,” in Komen Central Indiana’s name.

From the whole Komen Central Indiana family, thank you for your contributions! You truly make a difference