Profile of Success: Robert Stair
"It’s only right that I should help others."
Robert Stair has always believed that everything happens for a reason. And in January of 2002, that belief was profoundly tested.
On his way to work one morning he witnessed a hit-and-run accident. While administering first aid to an injured pedestrian, he was exposed to blood and it was recommended that he be tested for HIV and hepatitis.
Through a series of tests, his doctors detected an abnormality in his blood protein levels and in June of 2002, he was diagnosed with a form of cancer called myeloma. “I experienced so many emotions after I received the diagnosis: shock, denial, anger, fear,” remembers Robert. Shortly after his diagnosis, he saw a flyer for a myeloma education program being held at a local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society chapter. “I attended the program along with my wife and daughter, and signed up to receive more information about my illness. I learned a lot and went home that day feeling hopeful.”
Today, Robert has turned this difficult experience into a life-changing opportunity to help others. He raises money to support ongoing research efforts, and supports patients living with cancer. He also talks one-to-one with patients newly diagnosed with myeloma, and has become a mentor and inspiration to other patients.
“It’s only right that I should help others. Hopefully, down the road, the people I help will pass it on.”
Programs like those Robert has participated in, as a patient and a volunteer, are supported by United Way Community Investment funds through Community Health Charities of New England. By giving to United Way Community Investment, you provide individuals with access to healthcare services like those Robert received.
United Way is uniquely positioned to bring together passionate service providers, schools, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating positive change to achieve long-lasting results. Join us, and like Robert, “pass it on”!