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Chicago Paper Names Barbara Drummond '71 'Volunteer of the Week'

Chicago Paper Names Barbara Drummond '71 'Volunteer of the Week'

August 22, 2002

August 22, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - Barbara (Winning) Drummond, a 1971 graduate of DePauw University and a member of the board of directors of the Les Turner ALS Foundation in Skokie, Illinois, has been named "Volunteer of the Week" by the Chicago Daily Herald. The newspaper notes that Barbara Drummond became involved with the foundation eleven years ago after her husband and DePauw classmate Dave [DePauw '71] was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease), "and she wanted to learn more about the disease and to find out about the programs and services available. While caring for her husband during his illness, Drummond became involved in ALS activities to help raise funds to continue the many programs offered by the foundation. Dave died in 1994, but Drummond remains committed to increasing awareness of ALS, to help find a cure for the disease and to help provide support to the families of ALS victims."

Barbara Drummond tells the Herald's Lyn J. Kearns, "The needs of the ALS patients and their families is not something you walk away from. I want to pay back for the help that was given to my husband. Also, I receive as much support from other families as I give." Drummond's work for the foundation includes working with lawmakers to increase understanding of and funding for ALS, and that she helped create a support group for ALS families. The story notes that "Drummond was born in Springfield, Illinois, and met her husband, Dave, while they were attending DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She has lived in Arlington Heights for 27 years, and her family includes two sons Jim {DePauw '96] and Matt Drummond. She works full time as program assistant in Arlington Heights School District 25's Early Childhood Program and enjoys walking, gardening and travel. She is an active member and serves on the Altar Guild of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights." 

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Barbara Drummond was also a finalist for a 2002 Outstanding Volunteer Award from The Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago. You can read more by clicking here. Learn more about the Les Turner ALS Foundation here.