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loves working with the children and the teachers, but adds, "I don't do nearly as much as a lot of the other mothers do.Cove Creek is a great school, I can't say enough about it."Sharon and her family are active members of Henson Chapel Baptist Church, where she has served on the Pastor/Parish Relations Committee.She is a current member of the Board of Trustees and Superintendent of Sunday School.She has taught a children's Sunday School Class since 1997, and directs the children's Christmas Programs.She
is the one also responsible for starting the church newsletter, and has produced it for five years.She
"almost jokingly" calls herself "the official taxi service" for gymnastics, t-ball, swimming lessons, soccer, etc. and is definitely the homework police at her
...Sharon is a 1979 graduate of Watauga High School, and a 1983 graduate of UNC CH, where she received her BA in Journalism and English.She
attended ASU and graduated there in 1985 with a Masters in English.She taught Freshman English while pursuing her MA.For a short while, Sharon taught English at the Watauga Campus of Caldwell Community College prior to joining Student Programs at ASU, where she served as Promotions Coordinator for the Performing Arts & Forum Series, and for the student programming organization, APPS.She also worked as House Manager and Box Office Manager for Farthing Auditorium.In 1989, she became Marketing Director for the newly created Office of Cultural Affairs, when the Performing Arts & Forum Series and An Appalachian Summer were consolidated into one office.She
did marketing and public relations for both programs.
Following the birth of her
son Tyler, in November, 1991, Sharon
decided not to return to the public workforce, opting rather to be a "stay-at-home-Mom," and to care for her
mother who was seriously injured in a car accident that took the life of her
Sharon's daughter Tara, was born August 25, 1994.In June 1995, Sharon's father-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer, and died just one month later.
Just weeks after son, Tyler, was born in June of 1996, Sharon
remembers attending her
first ever Relay For Life."Our family decided to get involved and have a team the next year," she
The rest, as the saying goes, is history (in the making!)
In 1999, Sharon
became Co-Chairpeson with her
mother-in-law for Watauga County's Relay for Life.During that first year at the helm she
saw Watauga Relay become 4th in the nation; 2nd in 2000, and the ultimate goal of being 1st in nation became reality in 2001.
In January 2001, she
was awarded the High Country Quality of Life Award for the Relay for Life, given by the Chamber of Commerce.In August of that year, she
was selected to attend the National Relay Leadership Summit in Charlotte.Just a few months later, in November, she
mother-in-law traveled to Anaheim, California to receive the #1 Per Capita Award (for populations of 40,000 –49,999) for Watauga County Relay for Life from Dr. Gordy Klatt, founder of Relay for Life, the signature activity for the American Cancer Society
When talking about Relay For Life, Sharon Trivette
experiences a wide-range of emotions.Her
excitement for the event is as "personal" as the very first time she
became involved, though one she
gladly shares with thousands of other volunteers each year.
"Attending that first Relay was an emotional experience for us, but a cathartic and uplifting one, as well," she
recalls."As we circled the track following the lighting of the luminaries and read the names on the luminary bags, many of which had Dennis's name, we felt grief as we remembered him, but also a kinship with the many other people there with similar histories and experiences.We also felt healing and hope as we applauded the cancer survivors during their special lap.And as we turned in the money we had raised, we felt some relief from the helplessness that comes when a loved one has cancer."The very next year, Sharon shares, her
family team was the second highest money raiser at the local Relay, and the next two years, they raised the most of any team at the Watauga Relay."It is a wonderful, restorative feeling to know you have done the most you can to fight back against a disease that has devastated your family."
involvement with Relay as a way to learn more about the event itself, as well as the American Cancer Society
."I have realized there are many reasons to Relay."She
gives as example the fact that cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US, and that last year, alone, 550,000 Americans died of cancer; "That's more than 1,500 per day!"She
continues with the startling statistics: This year, 1.2 million people will be diagnosed with cancer.More than 8 million people alive today are cancer survivors, and what she
describes as "most sobering of all – 1 in 3 people will develop cancer in their lifetime."As the mother of three children, Sharon
adds, "It is frightening to realize that statistically, one of them will have cancer.How can you fight these numbers?" Sharon
firmly believes that "a cure will be found and that we are closer than ever to finding it."She says while attending the Relay University and Leadership Institute for the Southeast last October, she had the opportunity to hear a leading scientist speak about his work with colon cancer.
"The discovery of the gene responsible for this type of cancer has enabled researchers to work on specific gene therapy which will be able to destroy or alter only the cancer-causing gene without destroying healthy cells.With the long-awaited unraveling of the genome last year, this type of gene-specific cancer treatment is thought to be one of the most promising areas of exploration."Sharon
says that in addition to all the very important and serious Reasons to Relay, "It's also fun!"The celebration itself offers something for everyone – she
reminds – "Twenty-four hours of entertainment, featuring everything from music to dancing to storytelling and karaoke; games, children's activities, contests, raffles, auctions and so much more."She
adds, "Friendships are made or renewed, experiences are shared and support is given.In short, the Relay is a community . . . no, it's a family.It's a family of individuals, teams and counties all working together for the same goal – for a world without cancer."Sharon
and Glenda are already anticipating the success of Relay for Life 2002, which will be held again at the Valle Crucis Park on June 7 and 8, the kick-off for which will be March 12.She
says many other exciting events will be coming up, as well, and she
encourages the greatest public support effort."We also try to attend as many team fund-raising events as possible," she
shares.Last year, she
and Glenda attended over 50 gatherings to show their support to their teams.
"free-time," (whatever that is), Sharon
enjoys hiking, running, traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her
family as well as her
husband belong to "old fashioned families – we love to do things together – we vacation together, spend holidays together, it's a wonderful experience."She
spent the summer of '99 in England, (the Yorkshire Dales,) with her
children and mother, and plans to return there again this year, after the Relay."Many of our family members live there, as my grandfather was the only one in his
family to come to the US."Sharon
says it's like "stepping back in time" where things are much simpler and life is not rushed.
In the meantime, however, Sharon
is quite content to be in Watauga County, gearing up for another successful Relay for Life, doing everything she
can to bring hope to the hopeless.As if giving of her
time is not enough, she's
recently discovered another way to share life with others- she
donates platelets every two months at the Red Cross Collection Center
in Winston Salem.What a gal!
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