Today we’d like to introduce you to LuAnn Daniel.
LuAnn’s career in Diagnostic Imaging has spanned more than three decades. She’s always had a passion for breast cancer awareness and was inspired to take that passion to a higher level after she lost her dear friend, Susan Hicks, to breast cancer. She founded Women Rock in December 2010, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to underinsured and underprivileged women to obtain breast imaging services. Women Rock provides support and encouragement to those already diagnosed with breast cancer to help them through treatment, recovery and give them hope.
She is involved in all aspects of running the organization and oversees all operations, schedules speakers for the “Breast Friends” support group and coordinates various fundraising events. She attributes her success to her passion and empathy. LuAnn particularly enjoys taking the Women Rock pink fire truck and mobile breast cancer awareness education station on the road, which enables her to meet amazing people, hear stories of victory and defeat, make friends, save lives and witness time and time again a woman’s true inner strength.
LuAnn earned an Associate of Science in 1983 and is certified in radiography, mammography and computed tomography. LuAnn is a member the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and Leadership Sherman 2018.
In 2011, LuAnn received the 2010 Advocacy Mentor of the Year Award from Women of Visionary Influence (an international Women’s organization), the Red River Regional Hospital Director of the Year Award and was a KXII Twelve Who Care Nominee, as well as a previous AHRA Osborn Scholarship recipient. She was nominated by a community member in both 2016 and 2017 for the Jaffe Award. In 2017, LuAnn was invited to sit of the Board of Governor’s for the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives. She went through their rigorous program where she received advanced certifications as a CNE, Certified Nonprofit Executive, CNC, Certified Nonprofit Consultant and CDE, Certified Development Executive. She also worked for and met requirements for Women Rock to be name a Certified Nonprofit Organization. Women Rock was named Nonprofit Organization of the year by the Sherman Chamber of Commerce for 2016.
She has volunteered for the American Cancer Society and has served on the Relay for Life Committee. She is excited to work with the Board of Directors with strategic planning and watch Women Rock flourish as they carry out their mission of saving the lives in the communities they serve through the early detection of breast cancer.
In the years to come, LuAnn looks forward to standing among the largest group of breast cancer survivors that her community as ever seen!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t know that running a nonprofit would ever be consider a smooth road. I think I have to work about twice as many hours to make this business successful as I have ever worked before, and there are always roadblocks and struggles along the way, I believe we have grown stronger as an organization because of the rough spots and setbacks. In those moments when I feel like I can’t possibly go a step further, God always puts someone in front of me that reminds me why I am here and to let me know that all the hard work and long hours are indeed very worth it!
Women Rock Inc. – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Women Rock is a breast cancer awareness nonprofit that has programs for all stages of breast cancer, breast health, awareness and early detection. Our programs are all client driven, which really just means if we see a need we try to address it and if it is something that we are running into often, we build a program around it. What we specialize in is helping people and giving them hope. I am most proud of the difference we have been able to make in the lives of those we help. Looking back at what we started with and see where we are today is what makes me most proud. I think what sets us apart is the passion that drives us and motivates us to move forward and helps us motor through the tough times, and the sad times. We help people and we give hope but we also attend funerals. I guess that might be the answer to what sets us apart – we’re there for the good and the bad.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Being named the Sherman Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Organization of the year was one of the proudest but a close second is seeing all the survivors on stage being celebrated at our largest event of the year.