Resourcefulness recalled

January 3, 2013 

THERESA HAMMER, Kennewick

After more than 11 years working at the Hanford Resource Center, I am saying a heartfelt and hard goodbye. I've worked with wonderful people across the nation involved in the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), staff members at 11 resource centers, Department of Labor employees, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Former Worker Screening Program, Department of Energy and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response instructors.

I've said goodbye to co-workers but there are thousands of claimants and families who have touched my heart, bringing tears and laughter. Thank you for sharing your stories, your families and your dreams. Thank you for giving me words of wisdom. You've shown me what real strength and courage looks like -- facing illness and loss with dignity, hope and humor. You've taught me to live life, what family means and to tell people you care. I take these warm memories and years of hugs to my new job, where I will help the next generation realize its potential. Last pitch: If you or someone you know worked at a DOE site and you have questions -- you're in good hands. Steve, Peggy, Mary, Ramona and Martha are the best! Call 946-3333.

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