Genevieve Sounia died too young. A mother and wife, a soldier, a woman of faith, Genevieve lost her battle with breast cancer at age 34. But as her disease progressed, her commitment to life and to serving others grew. Courageously facing her own illness, Genevieve found ways to make a profound difference for other cancer patients. She began a support group for young adults with cancer. At her church, she spoke out about her journey and the importance of prevention, healthy living and giving back. Genevieve also became the first guest at the Clara McLean House. Here, she found a comforting place of respite where she could play with her daughters and share time with her family during a difficult stage of her treatment. How fitting that she would introduce this groundbreaking resource to the community it would serve.
Genevieve was a beloved member of our community. Her memory and legacy continue through the organization she founded and her inspiration of others to give of their time and resources to improve health in our community and provide compassionate care and support to every patient. After her death, family and friends joined to form Genevieve’s Helping Hands, a non-profit that helps young women with breast cancer live their lives to the fullest. The organization provides information about breast cancer and connections to resources and support groups. Breast cancer patients can also apply for small financial grants to extend their recuperations in peaceful surroundings after cancer-related procedures – and find the same kind of respite that Genevieve found at the Clara McLean House. Her life was much too short, but her passions, causes and inspiration live on.