Our supporter of the month initiative is an opportunity to thank the special people who have shown incredible commitment to LIVESTRONG and also to give perspective to our staff, interns, clients and many visitors about who is supporting the Foundation and why they are doing so. In addition to having their story shared on our blog, the supporter of the month will be featured on a wall in our Austin office, where the LIVESTRONG staff will be able to get to know our supporters and share notes about how much these individuals mean to us.
July Supporter of the Month: Nicolette Seach
LS: How did you become involved with LIVESTRONG?
Nicolette: I became involved with the Foundation because of my best friend. She was diagnosed with cancer while living in Houston and I wanted to do something, but I was living in Austin. She passed away in 2001 and my work at the Foundation was very important to her and I promised I would continue in her memory.
LS: What is your occupation?
Nicolette: My occupation is a full-time mom. I worked in finance before I had my sons and then left the workforce to stay home. I began volunteering when my oldest was in kindergarten and worked part-time for the PBS station in Houston before moving to Austin. Here in Austin, I was involved with the Eanes School District, Ronald McDonald House and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation along with my commitment to my church, Emmaus Catholic Parish in Lakeway.
LS: What do you like to do in your free time?
Nicolette: In my free time I love to cook, read, go for long runs, do Pilates and most importantly enjoy my grandchildren!
LS: Can you tell us a bit about your family?
Nicolette: My family is the best thing I have ever done. I have been married to my husband, Steven for 38 years. Yes, we were high school sweethearts! We have two sons. Anthony who is 33 and is married to my wonderful daughter-in-law, Vanessa. He is an attorney working in Austin doing IP litigation. He has participated and ridden in many LIVESTRONG Challenges. Vanessa was an intern for LIVESTRONG in the beginning of the intern program, a 2nd grade school teacher and now is a stay-at-home mom. They have two beautiful children, Everett who is 4 and Caroline who is 2. Our youngest son, Nickolas is 24. He volunteered for LIVESTRONG during high school and helped in several of the galas. He is a chemical engineer employed by Samsung and living here in Austin.
LS: When did you first become a philanthropist?
Nicolette: I feel that it is important to always think of others before yourself. I hoped through my example of volunteering that my sons would understand the importance of doing and thinking of others. I have been blessed in my life so this is my way of saying “thanks”.
LS: What is your connection to cancer?
Nicolette: My family stays involved with LIVESTRONG because we want to honor and remember all of our family and friends that have fought cancer.
LS: In your opinion, what is the most important aspect of LIVESTRONG’s work?
Nicolette: I believe that LIVESTRONG is important because they are available as soon as someone receives a diagnosis of cancer. It is the most frightening experience and LIVESTRONG is there to help. I have first-hand experience and know that the Foundation makes a huge difference, and for that I am thankful and will continue to be involved with LIVESTRONG.
LS/Nicolette: Finish this sentence: “To me, LIVESTRONG means…helping others.”