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Maria
Maria, a UCP of Suffolk participant for more than 20 years, said one of the most important things that a person can do is to give back. Every week Maria volunteers at Stonybrook University Hospital in the Radiation and Oncology Center. Maria, a breast cancer survivor, had her radiation treatments at the hospital a few years ago.

“They threw me a party and gave me presents when my radiation was over,” she said teary-eyed. “When I was here they listened to what I had to say, they helped me and made me feel comfortable.” 

On a recent day, Maria sat in the Radiation Center and put together informational packages on breast cancer as she listened to her “favorite song” “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson.

“I like to help people and make people happy,” she said.

Along with her volunteer work, Maria is also an active member of The UCP of Suffolk American Red Cross Volunteer Support Group. The group, which was formed in July 2010, is the nation’s first group of individuals with a developmental disability who are trained Red Cross volunteers. The group consists of 13 trained volunteers who through peer to peer training and presentations share vital information on disaster preparedness and fire safety.

Maria said that she wants to encourage others to volunteer more.

“It is something that makes me feel good because it is the right thing to do,” she said

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