WRITING A NEW FUTURE IN THE FIGHT TO END CANCER | FEATURING REBECCA WEBER
Article By: Luis Paredes
Thursday February 9, 2017
Fight To End Cancer wouldn’t be where it is today without the tireless work of many hard working volunteers. So many people have answered the call to defeat cancer and become part of the FTEC Family over the years! One woman who has been involved and has provided many hours of support is Rebecca Weber! Rebecca has been volunteering with FTEC since she was 17 years old so many of you will recognize her!
“Gala night is always one of the nights I look forward to most all year. I love working at Fight To End Cancer on gala night because you finally get to see all the hard work that everyone around you has been doing all year come to life in such an exciting way.”
Rebecca has worked with the various production groups that run the Fight To End Cancer, which has allowed her to have a great appreciation for the FTEC goals. She has embraced the vision and the desire to defeat cancer with passion. The last couple of gala events Rebecca has assisted the Reception, Admin and Entertainment groups! She has excelled in each group she has volunteered with and we are very proud to announce that Rebecca will bring her creativity and passion to the Marketing Team as a content creator! She will be creating articles which will cover a wide variety of different and exciting information that will be published on the FTEC website! We caught up with Rebecca to learn more about her and why the Fight To End Cancer is such an important cause to her!
MEET REBECCA WEBER
How did you get involved with the Fight to End Cancer?
I have been involved with the Fight To End Cancer since 2013, and got involved through Jennifer Huggins. I can’t remember when exactly I met Jen, but she has been a close friend of my family for a very long time. My boss at Caffe Demetre Kingsway, Andreas Tsagarelis, fought Virgil in the first ever Fight To End Cancer Gala in 2012, and then in 2014 I had a close friend participating in the fight. The 2016 FTEC gala was especially exciting for me because my cousin Jason was a fighter, and I got to see how hard he worked and how much dedication of time and energy it really takes to participate in an event like this. My family has been involved with Fight To End Cancer since the beginning. My uncle Glenn McGuire’s company, Century 21 Brown Limited, is usually a sponsor for the event, so the family is always in attendance. On the night of the gala, I am usually working, checking guests in through reception, or hosting inside, making sure the guests are having fun and have everything they need.
Cancer has affected the life of everybody I know in some way or another. Through being involved in this organization I have had the opportunity to meet countless incredibly humbling and inspiring people who have been touched by this terrible disease. These individuals are living the FTEC motto, “Defeat is not an option”, which can be seen through everything that they do. This organization has pushed me to recognize my privilege in so many ways over the past 5 years and to use my voice and time to make a difference however I can.
What is your position with FTEC?
I started at Fight To End Cancer when I was 17 or 18 years old and was eager to help Jen with any small tasks she needed leading up to, and on event night. Year-to-year my job within the team changes regularly, but my goal is still the same – to do my best to make myself available to help wherever needed. In the last few years, I have been a part of the both the reception team and the entertainment/combustion team on, and leading up to event night. This year I have been able to do something very special to me, as part of the FTEC team. I have always loved writing and am now able to use that skill to help out year round by writing and editing some articles for the FTEC website, as an official FTEC 2017 ambassador. I have only been doing this for a short amount of time so far, but I have already had the opportunity to meet and write about so many incredible people who inspire me to be a better person. It is a privilege to be able to help them share their stories.
Tell us about a day in the life of you.
Right now I am in my final semester of the Advertising and Marketing Communications program at Humber College. During this final stretch I’m working towards completing cumulative assignments, working with clients, networking, and considering my options for summer internships. Due to the competitive and fast paced nature of the program, I spend most of my time in class or working on assignments. I usually go to work before or after school (or sometimes both), and any other free time I have I spend writing for FTEC and spending time with my friends.
We want to thank Rebecca for all the hard work and dedication she has put into the Fight To End Cancer throughout the years!! Fight To End Cancer wouldn’t be enjoying such growth as it is now without people like her lending their collective efforts! If you want to join the fight and volunteer with one of the groups or just help by donating, please visit our website for more information. Together we can end cancer once and for all!!