We are here because of Rich. Rich Conklin was 41 years old when diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. After a 16 month battle, Rich wrote his final letter and left us with a message – “Help others”.
Our work in the community started because of Rich and continues for everyone else who battles today.
Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2) is a Richmond based nonprofit which serves the local community. HCB2 offers community events and services which educate about prevention and break down barriers to screening. The proceeds of community events benefit prevention education for the community at-large, colorectal cancer early detection services, and patient and survivor support services. HCB2 raises the level of conversation about colorectal cancer and cancer prevention. We would love for you to join us!
Heather H. Szajda practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, tax and corporate law. She is a member of the Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and District of Columbia Bars. She currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Virginia Bar Trust and Estates Section, as President-elect of Commonwealth Community Trust, and as Secretary for the Trust Administrators Council of Richmond. She is a member of the Richmond Estate Planning Council and regularly volunteers her time at the Henrico County schools attended by her children. Ms. Szajda received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in 1994 and her law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1997. She obtained an LLM in taxation from Georgetown in 2000.
Renee is honored to join the HCB2 board and support the advancement of cancer prevention. Though she has extensive experience in both the public health and cancer nonprofit worlds, it is largely her own personal journey to health and well-being that informs her work and actions today. She understands, and lives, many of the issues surrounding taking care of oneself, such as eating for health, reducing stress, and having access to timely, affordable (and effective) care. Renee holds a Master of Public Health, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, a heart for social justice, and an eye for art and design. Her spirit animal may or may not be the cat.
Twenty six of my thirty eight years of nursing have been in Endoscopy. Endoscopy is my niche, my passion. I enjoy the fast pace, technical and procedural aspect as well as the variety of patient care endoscopy has to offer. Endoscopy has helped me become proactive by anticipating and responding to my patient’s needs. I have witnessed a lot of changes occur in endoscopy nursing over the last twenty six years, so patient education is important to me! I feel my job is to take care of patients-actually to take better care…to improve their care…to innovate their care. My hope is by serving on the HCB2 board I can do just that.