|Howard Casaway IV|
“My brother lost his battle with AIDS in 2004,” says West. “And then my step-brother, Howard Gasaway, developed throat cancer. Food & Friends helped my step-brother get the nutritious, pureed meals that he needed. He was a big bear of a guy, and the illness took a real toll on his body. It was so important to get him something nutritious.” West explains that he lives on in memory and in spirit. Her one year-old grandson shares not only Howard’s name but also his birthday.
“I know a lot of volunteers deliver the food, and they get to meet the clients. They see the impact of Food & Friends,” explains West. “I already saw that in my own family, so I’m usually in the kitchen, packing the meals.” But this year is different, this is the year West steps out as ambassador.
To West, there’s no question in her mind about wanting to reach out and help others. “It’s important to help people because you never know when you’re going to be the one who needs the help,” she states. “[Dining Out For Life] is such an easy way to make an impact,” says West. “Just go out and eat, and you’re raising money. I know plenty of people do it inadvertently because they’re just eating out. That’s how easy it is!”
Sonda West will be at Tabard Inn in Washington, DC during the lunch shift. Stop in and say hi, show your support, and fight HIV/AIDS.
Courtesy of the Dining Out for Life International Blog. Posted by email@example.com on April 18, 2012. www.diningoutforlife.com.