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Budnick recognized for community service

From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
September/October 2012 Edition

  Laurie Budnick, RN, and her dear friend and colleague Cheryl Troy, RN, who is also an oncology nurse.

Registered nurse Laurie Budnick received the prestigious Pope Leo XIII award for her strong commitment to community service at the Central MA AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast in Worcester in September.

Budnick has been an oncology nurse for 25 years and currently serves on the MNA negotiating and grievance committees at her bargaining unit, UMass-University Campus.

In addition to working hard to serve her fellow members at UMass, she has a deep and strong commitment to serving the needs of her community. “Sherry’s House,” a place where children with cancer can be kids instead of just cancer patients, is a place where Budnick spends countless volunteer hours cleaning, purchasing supplies and cooking — for children, for their families, for events, and for a wide array of meetings.

Because she serves as a powerful role model for her family, her children have also fallen in love with the kids at Sherry’s House and together they help with holiday parties, Worcester Tornados games, and the summer fun days. Prior to her service to Sherry’s House, she delivered Meals on Wheels from the Sutton Senior Center for 12 years. A generous United Way donor, she channels her giving to Sherry’s House and encourages her co-workers to do the same.