The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is thrilled to introduce its newest addition to the Light The Night department. Meet Heather Laraba. She is joining LTN as a campaign specialist and will be working out of the Dallas office. Read below as this dynamic woman introduces herself.
"I grew up in Richardson, TX. I have danced competitively since I was 11 years old. My immediate family still resides within the Dallas metroplex.
My life growing up revolved around dance classes and dance competitions. When I started high school I was a part of the drill team and by my senior year I was lucky enough to be named Captain of the team. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer as I was starting my senior year of high school. In order to honor her and our relationship my senior year solo was in her honor.
I went to the great state of Oklahoma where I attended the University of Oklahoma in good ol' Norman. I fell in love with the campus and with the people I met during my four years there. I was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority where I then participated in committees for events & fundraisers on campus such as: Relay for Life, Soonerathon, the Women's Outreach Center, and last but not least Young Life College.
Young Life is a 'youth ministry' (in loose terms) that changed my life starting in high school up into college. I went through training my sophomore year of college and was placed on the brand new ministry team known as Young Life College. I spent the rest of my college experience going where college girls go and being a part of their lives at OU. I took donuts, cookie cakes, and Starbucks to the dorms and had incredible relationships with a group of girls I mentored each of those three years. I was lucky enough to be given the head leader position and eventually worked part time as Norman's Young Life College staff associate my senior year. I continued to dance with the student led Sooner Dance Company and served as their Service Chair and then Vice President my final year.
I've been given incredible opportunities in such a short, sweet amount of time and have built and maintained incredible relationships. I'm now IMMENSELY proud and happy to say that I have joined a new family with all new traditions within LLS. Thank you for welcoming me in and I can't wait to start changing lives with you all.
The weird stuff:
1) I am allergic to apples.
2) I am obsessed with the Justins (Bieber & Timberlake)
3) I LOVE podcasts about social and criminal justice
4) I love to read and watch documentaries on Netflix
5) I finished all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls within the span of 3 weeks
6.) I plan to train and run in my FIRST Team in Training event in June at the Wounded Warrior half marathon"
We are happy to have Heather as part of the North Texas Light The Night family. Reach out and introduce yourself. She can be contacted at Heather.Laraba@lls.org or (972) 996-5934.