Volunteer Spotlight: Monte McDonald

monte-mcdonaldMonte began volunteering with Komen Central Indiana in the Wabash Valley / Terre Haute region after his co-worker was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago. He saw her fighting the disease personally and wanted to help her in any way he could.

“I don’t know anyone that doesn’t know someone who has been affected by breast cancer,” Monte said.

Over many years of volunteering with Komen, Monte has designed and implemented three new Wabash Valley Race for the Cure event sites. Each year, he organizes set-up and directs the Race volunteer team to get everything in place with humor, dedication and a passion for the mission behind the event. On Race Day, Monte is there at 5 A.M. getting the site up and running with a great team of volunteers, making sure the course is marked, barricaded and ready for more than 1,000 Wabash Valley Race participants. Monte’s top priority is making sure everyone is safe. He also stays after the event until every item has returned to storage and the site is clean.

There is no challenge Monte hasn’t taken on for the Wabash Valley Race, from setting up tents, designing and building Team Village signs, and the new Remembrance Wall. Monte is just one person, but he has created a memorable experience for thousands of Race participants. Monte leads by example, making Race Day fun, memorable and incident-free.

Monte was recognized at the 2016 Circle of Hope Celebration as a Komen Promise of One Award Winner for his work with the Wabash Valley Race for the Cure.

“I didn’t know how many lives I was affecting until I was in that room and saw them,” Monte said.

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