By: Deborah R. Burns
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace, A soul generated by love.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Charlotte Jamison is many things: a Christian, a mother, a teacher, a friend, and a volunteer.
Over the past two years, Charlotte has volunteered her time and talents to assist in the efforts of the LUNGevity Foundation’s Annual Breathe Deep DC 5K Walk. Charlotte serves as the backbone and chief fundraiser for Team Open Technology Group: (OTG) United for A Cure.
Charlotte and my family have been friends longer than I can remember. She and my husband Leon had a special relationship. I still remember how they would often laugh together, share experiences, and enjoy working together on church projects. After my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer, she was the key person who supported me and walked me through that unforgettable journey. Since my husband’s death in 2011, she continues to be a huge inspiration in my healing.
A member of New Canaan Baptist Church in Washington, DC. (Gregory M. Sims, Pastor), Charlotte has engaged the entire congregation in being part of this important cancer-fighting effort. She sets up a beautifully decorated table each year to receive donations and to recruit walkers for the OTG Team. She and her helpers work tirelessly documenting information, promoting the cause, and speaking to individuals about the walk.
On the day of the walk she always arrives with a smile and eager to help. She immediately begins handing out goodie bags, gathering our Team and rallying “Team Spirit”. Many of the volunteers from other teams admire her enthusiasm and dedication for the cause.
She inspires through example. I can never thank her enough for all that she brings to our Team and fighting this disease that claims thousands of lives each year. Did I mention that she’s 80 years young! God strengthens her to do His work. She often says “As long as the good Lord enables me to work, I’m going to work.”
Open Technology Group’s cup runneths over for having Charlotte Jamison serve as a volunteer for OTG: United For A Cure. We are truly blessed by having her.