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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


Participate in Relay for Life to Honor Late Employee

July 30, 2013

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Heather Bacos was a loving wife, and mother of two beautiful daughters, one six years old and the other two years old. In January of 2011, she began working at the Dayton Veteran Affairs Medical Center's Richmond Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). At the Richmond CBOC, Heather worked in the Patient Business Service. She was a great fit for the VA because she had a loving personality and was a Veteran herself. She was previously in the Navy, as a Corpsman. Those who knew Heather said she had the ability to brighten up everyone's life that she met.

Shortly after being hired by the VA, Heather Bacos was diagnosed with cancer. Immediately after the diagnosis, she received treatment. Despite the grueling medical treatment, she continued to work at the Richmond CBOC, because she loved her job, and loved serving Veterans. On March 17, 2012, Heather Bacos, passed away at the age of 26 years old.

The staff at the Richmond CBOC wanted to honor Heather because she was such a great co-worker, and friend. Shortly after Heather passed in 2012, several of the staff members decided they would join together to create a team and participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The team was appropriately named Heather's Hope. Members of Heather's Hope would walk in memory and in honor of their great friend, Heather Bacos. Heather's Hope plans to continue to honor their dear friend by continuing to participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, and other events dedicated to fighting cancer.

The Dayton VAMC applauds the compassionate efforts of the Richmond CBOC and Heather's Hope. It is this kind of employee loyalty and compassion that is demonstrated throughout Veterans Affairs Medical Center's around the country.