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.
June Supporter of the Month: Joe Volpe
LS: How did you become involved with LIVESTRONG?
Joe: I started getting involved way back in 2001. I feel that everyone should give back in their community. Whether it’s by volunteering their time, or by donating to a good cause. I had a dear friend who was diagnosed with a rare cancer and thought, what a better way to help locally and honor her at the same time. One ride and I was hooked!
LS: What is your occupation?
Joe: I’m a physician who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I essentially treat sports, spine, and non-surgical orthopedic problems.
LS: What do you like to do in your free time?
Joe: I like to exercise, travel, try new things, enjoy time with friends and family, and have fun with my dog Duke.
LS: Can you tell us a bit about your family?
Joe: I’m the oldest of four kids. I have three younger sisters, which means I’ve been outnumbered all of my life! We have been in Austin since the ’70s. Health care is the family business for 4 generations. Only one of my siblings is not in health care. My parents also still live here and are happy and healthy.
LS: Why is it important to you to give back? When did you first become a philanthropist?
Joe: There are always those who need help, and if you have the time or means, you should help those who need it. I’ve always tried to donate what I could. In the early 2000’s, I started to have the ability to donate to a greater degree. Donating to LIVESTRONG, I feel that I can maximize what I can give to those who need it the most.
LS: Do you give in honor of anyone in particular?
Joe: Yes! Initially, it was for the person who meant to most to me, Dana L Haig. She ran out of time because of adrenal sarcoma 13 years ago. Since then I’ve had family members who are survivors and who have also lost their life to cancer. Since, I have met so many amazing people through LIVESTRONG, I donate in honor and in memory of all of those in the LIVESTRONG family.
LS: What is your connection to cancer?
Joe: As noted, my friend Dana. My uncle died from a brain tumor, both my Grandfather was and my Aunt is a survivor. It is also because of all those I’ve met through LIVESTRONG.
LS: In your opinion, what is the most important aspect of LIVESTRONG?s work?
Joe: The ability to reach so many living and surviving with cancer. To be able to maximize donations to provide services to those who need it the most at no cost.
LS/Joe: Finish this sentence: ?To me, LIVESTRONG means…hope, inspiration, and impactful action for the 32+ million people living and surviving with cancer today.?
Join us in thanking Joe for the support he shows to the LIVESTRONG community every day!