WINDHAM — Five years after winning her fight with cancer, a former first-grade teacher is continuing the battle and is being rewarded for her efforts.
Judy Newcomb, 66, will receive the Windham Terrace Assisted Living Senior Service Award for her work with her Relay for Life team, Fight 2 Finish Cancer.
“It’s certainly an honor,” Newcomb said. “It’s nice, but when you are involved, when you volunteer, you don’t do it for the recognition. You do it to get the job done. ... It’s a worldwide effort to battle cancer and I’m just one little piece with the puzzle.”
Fight 2 Finish Cancer includes 20 staff and community members from Windham and Golden Brook School, where Newcomb was a first-grade teacher for 31 years.
The team raises money through fundraising events for Relay for Life of Greater Derry and will also receive recognition from Windham Terrace. The service award goes to a local nonprofit group and one of its active volunteers over the age of 62.
When Windham Terrace employees started looking through lists of nonprofit organizations, Newcomb was involved in most of them.
She is a board member of Windham Helping Hands, a supporter of Friends of the Library, and a beneficiary and volunteer with YogaCaps, a nonprofit group that makes yoga more available and affordable for people with chronic medical and mental health conditions, like cancer.
She is also involved with the residents at Windham Terrace, giving the seniors — some of whom are also cancer survivors — opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community.
“We were trying not to look at the groups and go, ‘Oh, we know this person involved in the group,’ but she was involved in almost every nonprofit in the area of Windham,” life enrichment director Alicia Sell said. “We thought she’d be perfect.”