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Karen Leslie and David Hopkins

Karen Leslie and David Hopkins have been volunteering at Gilda's Club Seattle from the very beginning. They've done everything from answering phones, to acting as deejays for Comedy Night, to giving our carpets a much needed cleaning.

Best of all, they've had a great time doing it. Gilda's Club has "offered a lot of fun things to do -- the comedy night, kids kitchen -- there's a lot of variety," Karen said, noting that the organization's size allows for the kind of hands-on work that they enjoy.

"The nature of the Club is unique because it's unlike probably any association in town since it provides free support," David said.

"Well, it's not just the free support," Karen, who is a breast cancer survivor, added. "People do so many things here."

"It's multifaceted," David agreed.

Volunteering also brings plenty of benefits. "Our volunteer work is also a social outlet," David said. They can set their own schedules and, as David puts it, "They can't fire you."

Karen and David have been volunteering for many years at organizations that include the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, the Chicken Soup Brigade, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the Special Olympics.

They met in and are now retired from the courts system. Karen was the financial administrator for the US district courts and David was the district counsel for Seattle's INS service.

We thank Karen and David for their hard work and dedication to Gilda's Club. Your kindness, positive attitudes and great sense of humor bring so much to this Clubhouse.

Did You Know?

“Many of my patients have found hope and joy in the many activities and educational programs you offer. Having lost my wife, Marsha, to ovarian cancer in 1993, I personally understand the pain that patients and their families go through and I commend Gilda's Club for filling this need in the Seattle community.”

Saul E. Rivkin, MD
Hematology, Medical Oncology, Swedish Cancer Institute, Chairman of the Board & Founding Director, Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research

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