In 2003, Colin heard the words that no one at age 26 ever imagines hearing, “You have cancer.” Since those words were spoken, Colin battled two 6-month chemotherapy cycles and the uncertainty of uninsured medical bills.
The guests at the 2nd Annual Cleveland Event in 2005 helped provide Colin the financial assistance needed to pay for uninsured expenses he incurred to fight the battle against cancer. Sadly, Colin succumbed to the disease just three months after the event in his honor.
Colin truly embodied Betterment's philanthropic spirit. Despite his ongoing medical and financial struggles, he continued to work as an Intervention Specialist and L.D. tutor at the local public school while volunteering his time as a wrestling coach at a local private high school.
In his spare time, he was actively involved in Rise Above It (RAI), a foundation that was founded in his honor to help him and others fight the war on cancer. Even with his own financial stuggles and uncertainty, Colin worked with RAI to raise funds for others who suffer from this horrible disease. Through small local restaurant and bar functions and raffles, Colin continually encouraged his friends to support the American Cancer Society and other worthy causes.
For Colin, Betterment “allowed me to focus on more important tasks at hand in my struggle to get healthy and continue to succeed in my career.”
“It's about making a difference by caring for more than only yourself,” Colin said. “I think it is amazing when people work together to make the world a better place one step at a time, one day at a time.”
“Betterment for me is a wonderful way of touching peoples' lives, and giving hope.” ~Colin O'Donoghue