Kat Glosenger, Accounting Manager at RMG
Role within Organization: Organizer of Light the Night Walk Team for RMG
Number of Years/Months Involved: 4 Years
Why do you volunteer your time specifically with this organization?
I began getting involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because our coworker, Kari Kelly, was getting people to donate and volunteer for the walk in memory of Melody Cronin (a former colleague who passed away from LLS). I wasn’t fortunate enough to meet Mel, but everyone spoke so highly of her that she sounded like such a great person and it made me want to help. So many people are affected by blood cancers, it seemed like everyone I knew also knew someone who was affected. Mel sounded a lot like my mother, who was very into performing arts and children’s choir. That hit a chord with me.
In volunteering, I register the team, try to recruit people to walk (which is a short 1 mile walk) in November; the walk starts and finishes at Camden Yards. I work to get donations from people who work at RMG and in my other networks, the firm generously donates $1,000 a year; this year we are also doing a Pampered Chef match program as well, where the firm matches the sales from the Pampered Chef drive.
Does this organization affect Baltimore as a whole?
The walk has a lot of activities for kids (there’s a children’s village where they can play while the adults walk). They have a survivors wall where you put up stories of people you knew who have passed. The one in Baltimore specifically represents local survivors or those who have passed away from LLS.
What is your favorite memory of working with this organization?
I was walking with Kari and my dog (Marshall, pictured here), and the children at the event were so happy to see my dog; some of them were survivors, or being currently treated for blood cancers, and they were just so happy to play with the dog.