Volunteer Spotlight: Lyle Browne
Lyle Browne has been personally invested in Susan G. Komen’s mission for many years. As a long-time Race participant, she’s supported the event in whatever city she happened to be living in at the time: Washington, DC, Austin and Indianapolis to name a few.
After giving birth to twins and moving back to the Indianapolis area, a friend who volunteered for Komen said she would give Lyle a year to get settled and then she would get her involved.
“She was true to her word and next thing I know I’m having a blast working with people I enjoy for a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” Lyle said.
“My mom is a 23-year breast cancer survivor,” she explains. “I feel that my work with Komen is not only for those that will be diagnosed in the future, but a way to say thank you for the past 23 years I’ve had with my mom.”
Since 2003, Lyle has been a member of various Komen Central Indiana committees, including serving as the treasurer for the Pink Tie Ball for two years, sitting on the Race Sponsorship Committee, serving as the Sponsorship Co-Chair and as the Sponsorship Chair from 2007-2009! That is just the beginning of Lyle’s involvement. Since 2010 she has served as the Co-Chair of the Race Day Logistics Committee. She served on the Board of Directors from 2010-2015, including two years as Board President.
As an active member of the logistics team, Lyle isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty when it comes to helping with events. At the rainy 2017 Race for the Cure, which was cancelled due to severe weather, Lyle was hard at work helping to clean up the parl. At one point, we found her soaking wet, wiping down signage to make sure it wasn’t going to be ruined for years to come!
Lyle says her favorite Komen event is the Indianapolis Race for the Cure. She explains it best in her own words –
“While we add new things each year to improve the experience for survivors, their guests and everyone involved, there is a feeling on Race morning that can’t be found at any other event: the sun coming up in the early morning to shed light on all the decorations, volunteers, participants and survivors…watching Military Park fill up with people from so many different parts of central Indiana…hearing stories of hope, fear, celebration, determination, and sadness (sometimes all in the same story) throughout the day…gathering with the committee after cleanup for lunch and to share stories from the morning – some that make us laugh and some that make us cry – and friends I have the honor of knowing and working with because of being involved…all this goes into making it an incredible experience to be a part of.”
At the 2016 Race, Lyle went up on the boom lift during the Race to photograph the crowds in Military Park and experienced her favorite volunteer memory sky-high:
“It was an amazing view and a great perspective on just how many people breast cancer has touched,” she remembers. “Each person in the photo decided to act, decided to get up and be part of the day, decided that the mission of a world without breast cancer is important. It’s amazing what a group of individuals can accomplish together in just one morning!”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
From the whole Komen Central Indiana family, thank you for your contributions! You truly make a difference.