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..."

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."

Mary Thomas, Facilities Worker at Georgetown University

“Do you want to know my age? I am 65 years old! I shock a lot of people when I say that. I have no high blood pressure, no diabetes – nothing! I try to be active and watch what I eat so I’ve had good health. Cancer took away 3 of my siblings and my mom also passed away but thank God I still have my dad. He is 92 years old! He is also very healthy and he still drives. I always go back home to North Carolina to see him because he’s been a good dad to me growing up. He raised me to be responsible and told me that I should always keep the Lord close to me. He’s been my best friend and I try to have the same kind of relationship with my kids.”

Dorothy Lewis, Facilities Night Worker at Georgetown University Medical Center

“One of my co-workers passed away a few years ago. The day that she passed away was one of the saddest days of my life. I know they say time heals all wounds but it still hurts. We worked together for about 10 years. If you knew her, you would’ve loved her! She liked to party, she knew how to have fun and she enjoyed her life. When we found out that she passed away, no one wanted to believe it.. I couldn’t believe it. She had multiple aneurisms in her brain which lead to her death. Sometimes I ask myself, why do bad things happen to good people? I know that maybe it’s because the Lord has something better prepared for them up in heaven but it’s hard. I made new friends which helped heal the pain. I kept myself busy just trying to take one day at a time. But WHY did it happened to someone so young? Losing anybody is hard but it’s different when they’re close to you.”

Sharron Hickman, Facilities Management Worker at Georgetown University Healy Hall

“Sometimes we have a lot of plans in life and things happen…My mom was a diabetic throughout [her] life. She had 16 siblings growing up – they all died from diabetes. I also lost my father when I was 9 years old.. After my mom’s death, I had to grow up quickly and be a strong woman for my family. I was unable to finish my 4 year degree because I had to be self-sufficient and focus on helping my 4 sisters. I remember [my mom] telling me to do the right things in life and you will make it. I think I am finally at a point in life where I am happy! I plan on going back to school to get my nursing degree – which is something I always wanted to do!! My mom always told me to be strong in your faith and to follow your dreams.. I know that I will make her proud.”

Sharron ensures that our classrooms, bathrooms, and hallways are clean and running smoothly & efficiently behind-the-scenes. The next time you see Sharron – take the time out to say hello and spark up a conversation! Every unsung hero has a story – we just have to take the time to listen and show a level of acknowledgment.