5 questions with Trish Ross, our volunteer spotlight

What brought you to RiverBend? In 2010 I did my first art project for RiverBend. I painted a market umbrella for the Jazz Around the Bend auction. I remember being so nervous when the auction started. I didn’t think anyone would bid on it! But they did. A lot. And now? Now, I’ve done several art projects and I’m happy to say they do raise money for this amazing non-profit. I also do the seasonal decorating at the Wellness House. I help make the space cheerful. The Wellness House plays an important role in people’s recovery, it’s important to me that it’s homey and comfortable for everyone who visits. Who is Trish Ross? I was born in Cambridge Massachusetts. My dad was a career campaign direc

Survivor Spotlight: Nate Bilinski

Collaboration—that buzzword heard so often in marketing—has a bigger impact on cancer patients than many realize. South Bend native Nate Bilinski knows it firsthand—the work between two extraordinary healthcare providers is what saved his life. Nate’s story is nothing short of remarkable. Growing up, he spent happy childhood years at St. Jude Grade School, then Marian High School. A chance to play baseball at Holy Cross College marked his transition to a storybook young adulthood. A couple years in, however, things began to change. His attitude shifted; he was both disinterested and irritable. No longer the kid with the good sense of humor, his personal relationships suffered. Within six mon

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