10/7/11 – InSpire Magazine honored Dodge County’s most Inspiring Women of 2011 last night. Patti De Vries of Randolph, Linda Hughes of Cambria and Jill Cullen of Beaver Dam were selected from more than forty nominations to be recognized at the “Celebration of InSpiring Women.”
Patti De Vries is a home health and hospice Registered Nurse who spent years helping countless patients through life and death battles, often times caring for children with terminal cancer. In 2010, her son Joe was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. De Vries left her job to focus on being a mom, dedicating herself to finding out as much as she could about his treatment and care, and ultimately guiding him to complete remission with what those closest to her called “faith, hope and love of family.”
You may have heard Linda Hughes story on WBEV’s Community Comment. She organizes a care-package drive for our servicemen and women overseas called Pedal for the Troops, which is done in conjunction with the kids in her licensed daycare Rascals and Rockers. To date, Hughes has been responsible for sending over 18,000 letters and packages to Middle East, Walter Reed Hospital and Camp American Legion.
Jill Cullen is an employee of Good Karma Broadcasting and organizes the annual WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon. In nominating Cullen, Carrie Walsh of Clothes for Kids said (quote) “her enthusiasm and boundless energy is infectious” and has inspired her to be a better leader. Cullen credits others though for the success of the Radiothon. Cullen’s boss, Good Karma Broadcasting CEO Craig Karmazin, says Jill’s dedication to the 27-hour Radiothon motivates her co-workers, our marketing partners, the participating charities and the whole community year round.