OLYMPIA FIELDS | The Cancer Support Center presented the inaugural Founders Award on April 26 at the annual spring gala hosted at Olympia Fields Country Club to Dee Adam and Joan Dobrez.
The Founders Award celebrates Adam and Dobrez for personifying the founders’ vision of the only support center of its kind in the Chicago Southland area, according to a news release. It is at 2028 Elm Road in Homewood.
“The Center is close to my heart,” Dobrez said. “As a cancer survivor, I know how important it is to have a place where people can find support. Dee and I have enjoyed working together for all these years. I am honored to receive the Founders Award.”
“The Center is a gift,” Adam said. “Cancer has impacted my life in many ways. It is important for me to help people find hope while dealing with the disease. Joan and I are grateful for all the community support we have received over the years. We could not have done it without our community. I am humbled by the honor.”
The Founders Award acknowledges and honors individuals who embody the commitment, passion, ambassadorship, vision and community of the six original founders. Adam, of Olympia Fields, and Dobrez, of Flossmoor, live these five characteristics each day, the release states.
“The Center is near and dear to our family,” said Nancy Reazin, Adam’s daughter. “My mother and Joan strongly believe in The Center’s mission. They are able to give with such joy in their hearts and make it look effortless. My mother is a true role model for her children and grandchildren.”
Their commitment to The Center and its mission for 20 years, both personally and financially, knows no limit. Their passion and enthusiasm for The Center’s vital work is boundless, according to the release. As Women’s Board past presidents and Village Door leaders, Adam and Dobrez are vital and active members of The Center’s community and those communities The Center serves.
“This award meant a great deal to my mother and the rest of the family,” said Thomas Dobrez, Dobrez’s son and the master of ceremonies at the event. “Joan and Dee’s contributions to both the formation of The Center and the hours they have dedicated to their ‘second home’ — The Village Door Consignment Shop — are monumental. My entire family was touched by the glorious evening because it recognized the spirit of Dee and Joan and celebrated the sunshine their efforts have brought to many people who had been in the darkness until The Center opened here.”
The Cancer Support Center gives strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones. The Center is a community-based, volunteer-driven, donor-supported organization. The programs, resources, and services are always delivered by professional therapists, counselors, nutritionists, and experts. For more information on its programs and services, visit www.cancersupportcenter.org.