Celebrate the BB! Volunteers – Meet Hannah!

Survivor Volunteers Full Support to BB! Mission

By: Jamie McAllister 

Almost three years ago Hannah Coakley battled breast cancer and won. A year ago she began volunteering with Beyond Boobs! She had attended breast cancer support groups in the past, but had just not been inspired. Discovering Beyond Boobs! fueled Hannah’s efforts to get involved and give back. She was diagnosed in her 60s and didn’t fall into the category of younger women typically served by BB!, but her positive outlook meshed with the group’s dynamic energy, so she chose instead to become a volunteer20150414_121918

‚ÄúAs a BB! volunteer I am¬†really accomplishing¬†something,‚ÄĚ Hannah said.¬†‚ÄúI love it!‚ÄĚ

Hannah spends her volunteer hours at the Beyond Boobs! main office¬†preparing supplies¬†for the group‚Äôs events¬†and fundraisers. Currently she is working on putting together gift baskets¬†that will be¬†raffled off at¬†the upcoming¬†8th¬†Annual ‚ÄúBreast‚ÄĚ Ball Golf Tournament. She¬†has¬†also¬†helped out with¬†other big-ticket events, including¬†the Old Dudes Bike Ride and the Pink Carpet Gala, to name a few.

Hannah¬†is originally from New Jersey and is a retired school secretary.¬†She has lived in Williamsburg for nine years.¬†‚ÄúLike me, a lot¬†of people are from out of state,‚ÄĚ she said.¬†‚ÄúI love that the women at BB!¬†look¬†out for each other and take¬†care of each other,¬†just like family.‚ÄĚ

Hannah has three grown children: Michael, Jonathan, and Erin. She is the proud grandmother of four grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys making goat’s milk soap. She also makes heating pads filled with rice and flaxseed and scented with French lavender and peppermint. She often gives her homemade creations away as part of a gift basket.

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