Making a Difference in Our Community: Marta Schmucke Honors Her Son’s Legacy Through St. Jude

When Laboratories Manager Marta Schmucke lost her son, U.S. Marine Andrés Morán, she found strength in honoring his legacy by living his dream for him. Having just started his medical studies when he was tragically killed in an accident, Andrés aspired to one day work with children.

In his honor, Marta deepened her involvement with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — an organization very much aligned with her late son’s passion.

“I started a volunteering service with St. Jude with my son’s death in mind,” she said. “Over the years, this volunteering was transformed into a love to serve others. Now, this is part of my life.”

For the past 10 years, Marta has spent two weekends each month collecting monetary donations from family and friends to support St. Jude. Her goal is to send St. Jude at least $1,000 annually.

Furthermore, she says, she has educated herself about childhood cancer and other diseases and shared her knowledge with family, friends and colleagues.

In addition to volunteering with St. Jude, you can find Marta volunteering her time with Holy Cross, Central Avenue Elementary School and Maryknoll.

Throughout Valencia’s 50th anniversary year, to celebrate the College’s service to our community, we will feature stories of Valencia’s community impact and the volunteer efforts of our colleagues. Whether you volunteer as a board member of a foundation or you serve meals to the homeless, we want to hear about it, because every act of kindness is worth celebrating. To submit a Valencia volunteer story, simply email the_grove@valenciacollege.edu the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your photo (preferably of you volunteering)
  • Where you volunteer and a description of the organization
  • How long you have volunteered with that organization
  • Why you choose to volunteer with that organization
  • What you enjoy most about volunteering with that organization

1 Comment

  • Michelle said:

    Marta-I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful picture and impactful story to carry on your late son's passion. There are so many volunteer opportunities and hope your story encourages others to either begin volunteering or continue their commitment to volunteering; even if it is once a year. Small efforts do make a big difference.

    PMMon, 14 Aug 2017 16:27:07 +0000Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:27:07 +0000pm17,4:27 pm

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