Senior Vice President & Human Resource Officer Chelsea State Bank has a Bank Relations and Recognition Committee that is responsible for planning our customer and employee events throughout the year.
This month, the committee decided to have a fundraiser for one of our former colleagues Colleen Weddon.
Colleen began her career at Chelsea State Bank in April 2002. For all of those who worked with Colleen, or were served by her as one of our customers – you would never had known she was suffering. She always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She truly loved her job – especially her customers! She is what community banking is all about – serving.
Colleen has endured an epidermoid brain tumor for the past 21 years. She has had multiple surgeries to reduce her brain tumor and increase her functionality.
Recently, it reached the point where she was unable to work and is dependent on people for any mobility-required tasks. It is an added hardship now for Colleen living in a multi-level home without wheelchair accessibility.
Therefore, family and friends set up a GoFundMe.com fundraiser page for those that love her and want to help. It has a twofold purpose. One, to help cover the costs of unpaid medical bills. And two, to help improve Colleen's quality of life,by restoring some independence and renewing her dignity. In practical terms, an accessible bathroom for her on the main floor, handicap accessibility throughout the home, and a wheelchair ramp.
We at Chelsea State Bank hosted a Blue Jeans for Colleen fundraiser of our own on Friday, April 22 and raised $1,065.00.
Note: April is Community Banking Month and Chelsea State Bank will share some of their human interest stories about how they give back to the communities they serve. Here is a story of how the staff at Chelsea State Bank rallied together to raise money for a former colleague who even with a debilitating brain disease, continued to serve her customers with care and joy…what people do at community banks.
This article was submitted by Jacqueline Schiller for publish on behalf of Chelsea State Bank.