Jacqueline English, TJ "Gino" Martens, Sharon Smith Holley, Pam Boroski and her dog Ringo

MPTF Volunteers Change Lives

Pam Boroski, her dog Ringo and volunteers: Jacqueline English, TJ "Gino" Martens and Sharon Smith Holley, who were among many who showed up for Pam and her husband George Herthel in a time of need, are forever changed through the selfless act of service. As MPTF's CEO Bob Beitcher says, "When a fellow industry member is in need, we've got their back. We're here to support them. We're a safety net for the industry."

George Herthel was one of the most sought-after location managers in the industry. Soon after he received the shocking diagnosis of ALS, also known as Lou Gerhrig's disease and joined MPTF's Palliative Care Program, he put out a call-to-action: "I made a promise to my wife that I would paint the inside and outside of the house," wrote George in a letter to MPTF volunteers, "unfortunately, my diagnosis makes this impossible."

Over the course of several weekends, volunteers flocked to paint the entire inside and outside of George, Pam and Ringo's house, offering their hands and hearts in the fulfillment of George's final wish before his passing. For the volunteers, this felt like a way to give back to members of their own family; it felt like a responsibility and an opportunity. Jacqueline English emphasizes that for industry members this community support is unique, "Nobody understands you like business people understand you."

The bonds and friendships fostered during the painting of the house were powerful and lasting. Looking back, Pam relates that the hardest thing to do was to ask for help. Then she says that the only way she knows how to express her feelings toward MPTF is with a promise: "anytime they ask me to help, or do anything at all, I'm there. I'm there for the rest of my life." So are the volunteers. So is MPTF. We take care of our own.