Presenting the first Skyler Sacks Service Award Winners:
Joan Fisher & Radar
For many people and for a long time, Skyler Sacks was simply synonymous with Pets on Wheels. Sadly, we lost Skyler, the amazing Pomeranian, just over a year ago, in late 2020. Skyler and Heather Sacks, her human, twice won the Gold President’s Service Award for volunteering more than 500 hours in one year. Skyler touched countless lives, from comforting hospice patients in their final moments to easing loneliness with playful snuggles. Skyler’s passing left a huge hole in our program and in our hearts.
The Skyler Sacks Service Award has been created in honor of Skyler and her tireless work as a Pets on Wheels therapy animal. It will be presented annually to the therapy pet team that gives the greatest number of hours in service to Pets on Wheels’ mission during the previous calendar year. We are proud to announce that the first winners of Skyler Sacks Service Award are Joan Fisher and Radar.
Joan is a long-time PoW volunteer and also serves as our Western Maryland Coordinator. In 2021, despite pandemic restrictions, Joan logged just over 260 hours in service to Pets on Wheels. Upon learning she’s the inaugural winner, Joan said: “I’m shocked at this news. We love our volunteering and just do it to give back to our community. We never expect to win an award. We love what we do with Radar to help others.”
Joan’s comments sum up the essence of our volunteers. Thank you, Joan and Radar, and thank you Heather and Skyler, for making such a difference so selflessly.
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