Luis Martinez, Facilities Night Worker at Georgetown University Medical Center

“I tell my son not to worry about the bills because that’s Mami and Papi's responsibility. [I tell him] his only responsibility is school. He always talks about how he wants to be an archaeologist...he loves nature and he can pronounce the name of any dinosaur that you can think of! I get so happy when I hear about his goals because he is only 10 years old. I wasn’t able to spend as much time with him when he was growing up because I was always working. But now when I get a day off - after I catch up on sleep, I try to spend every minute with him. And he can tell you that whatever time we spend together is QUALITY time. And I cherish every minute of it..."

After many weeks of planning Ms. Frankie Capers dream vacation with her grandson finally arrives!

Ms. Frankie Capers, Food & Service worker at Georgetown University and her grandson Rhondell have safely landed in Orlando, Florida for their week long vacation! They will staying at the Vacation Village at Parkway Resort – which is only a 10-15 minute ride away from Disney. They have a super exciting week ahead of them – with visits to Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort, among other sites!!

Larry Calloway, Bus Driver at Georgetown University Transportation System

"This past February, I had a checkup and the doctors told me that they found a polyp in my colon which was cancerous. I've always had concerns about my colon for about 10 years but I never really paid too much attention to it. When the doctors broke the news, I couldn’t believe it. I said wow…CANCER?? Thank God that they were able to remove it. I feel like the God was with me that night. I call myself a cancer survivor. This is what Im going through now, brother. This is my greatest challenge right now. I have to go back every 3 months to see the doctor to make sure it isn’t spreading anywhere else.
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All my life, people have known me as that man who sings. Wherever there is an audience - I will sing. It's the one thing that gives me joy. I’ve been singing since I was 5 years old! Even when I’m driving the bus, I’ve had people come to me and say 'you made my day!' And that it just put a smile on their face. One student said to me, 'it was my birthday today but I didn’t feel like it was until I heard your song.' And then she reached into her pocket and gave me a piece of candy. She said, 'I want to give you this because your singing has touched me.' I promised the Lord that if he blessed me and anointed my voice with this gift, I shall share this gift for the world to hear.."
 

Juan Noriega, Lead Gardener at Georgetown University

"One night, my son went to a party with his friends just to have some fun. Everyone went in one car and they were all drinking - including the person that was driving. The driver crashed into another car and my son along with 2 others died on the spot... He was only 21 years old. He went to school for business at Montgomery College. He had a big future ahead of him. After he died, everything changed. I am working to support my 17-year-old daughter. She’s thinking about going to California for college. Honestly, I don’t want her to go away from home but I have no choice. She needs to study and get a good education. I’d like to have a better life for myself. ..I just want to see my daughter successful. Nothing would make me happier."