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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

In Other Words: Tammy Schroder, Quiet Action Results in Great Help to Those Who Need It

Some people like it quiet. The noise interferes with action. They do things quietly. But not the way you might think. That quiet action describes Tammy Schroder and her family. This is a bad news - good news - better news kind of stories.

First the bad news. Tammy survived breast cancer in 2013. Her sister survived breast cancer. Her brother, Bobby Guthier, did not survive his encounter with bladder cancer. He died from surgical complications related to the cancer.

Now for some good news. Schroder is lively and energetic. Conversations are animated. She looks you in the eye and she is direct but compassionate. She will answer any question you have about her cancer. But she prefer to talk about her brother, Bob Guthier, and how his life and death has helped so many more.

This past September 8, the Highlands Men’s Golf League sponsored a golf outing and raised $10,000 in memory of Bobby Guthier who died in September of 2017.  Simply through word of mouth, the event sold out almost immediately. Tammy says they “didn’t even publicize it.”  That amazing outpouring of quiet support and love has fueled her passion to help other cancer patients.  Schroder says that it was “a day when we had six inches of rain.” So no one golfed but everyone had a good time.

There are a lot of good things going on - quietly. Not a lot of fanfare. Not a lot of promotion. Just word of mouth to help a great cause.  Schroder’s oncologists moved to Pikeville to serve an underserved population. She followed as well providing gift bags and gift cards to cancer patients.

Her brother, Bob, decided to help as well, but then he developed cancer and died. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations and that money went to help even more Pikeville patients. So Tammy and friends started a 501(c)3 in Bob’s name and raised their first $10,000. They help local cancer patients as well.  “That’s how much this man was liked,” Schroder says. They are simply carrying out his wishes.

Regarding Pikeville, Schroder and her group provide thousands of dollars in gift cards and then allow the doctors to distribute them to patients in need - for food or gas or personal needs. Schroder says that,  “They may not go to radiation or a treatment because they can’t afford the gas for transportation.

Now for better news. Schroder said that over the last five years, she estimates that they have provided “$10,000 new clothing, about 200 wigs, care bags, gas cards.” They have given “close to $100,000 over the last five years.” That’s quiet action. No big fanfare. Just get the job done.

Tammy Schroder on the left and friends travel to Pikeville. 

But more than anything, Tammy Schroder says thank you to a wonderfully supportive community.  You can donate to the Bobby G Fund at the United Bank in Fort Thomas.

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