What are the reasons your volunteers partner with you?
For the most part, Team Sam is comprised of men and women who have essentially adopted our cause as their own. I can name a few of the sailors from my ship who, for reasons only they know, have really taken on cystic fibrosis like it's directly affecting them. I'd do anything for these volunteers. Their devotion to fighting this disease leaves me speechless. For them, they are motivated by altruistic purposes, or serving the greater good. Two of them have increased their goals from last year significantly, and I hope that we can keep them on the team for a very long time.
Others are motivated by achievement. They have bought into the success we had last year and want to be a part of it. I can tell that they see the confidence the rest of us have that we're making a difference and they want to make a difference too. This is mingled with affiliation as well. They want to be a part of this because it's a winning team.
Some have joined the team because they love us as a family. I can think of at least one family that joined us last year specifically because they care a lot about Sam and us as a family. This sort of love leaves me speechless. It's not something I'm used to.
There are other reasons, to be sure, but you know the reason no one talks about? No one is doing this because of the Navy. You see, the Navy rewards volunteer work on evaluations and, if you volunteer enough, with an official award. It's something that I honestly thought a number of our volunteers would join for, but it isn't the case at all. I'm surprised, even a little baffled, but I'm grateful. The fact is that I have to remind them to put it on their evaluations! What a wonderful surprise!
And what are my motivations? My daughter, primarily. She needs to know that I care so much about her that I'd go to the ends of the earth to save her if I can. That is first and foremost. Secondly, because God gave me a mission. I've read that every man needs a battle...I've got one. Killing cystic fibrosis is my dream and my passion. Thirdly, I am motivated by achievement. I really believe that this is the winning team. I believe that cystic fibrosis will be cured. And then we'll take this army of fundraisers and pick a new fight to win. I can't wait until that day. We'll call ourselves FCFPA? (Former Cystic Fibrosis Patients Against ???).
Until then, I'll keep recruiting members of a team that will carry the fight to CF. I hope you will too!
So what motivates you? What motivates the people on your team?
11 months ago