Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Heather Lanning
Altoona, Pa.
What I do:
I am a proud staff partner for the American
Cancer Society. I manage the Relay For Life events in
the Huntingdon, Pa. area. I am also an avid knitter and
self-proclaimed sci-fi geek.
An accomplishment of which you are proud:
I am
very proud to have found a career that I am passionate
about. If you are passionate about what you do, you
never work a day in your life.
I am:
A wife and mother to five furry children (dogs!).
I am also a cancer survivor, caregiver, and outspoken
American Cancer Society advocate. I am also a bit of a
traveler and determined to visit all 50 states.
You responded to our search for new members through
facebook.Why do you connect with RTC on social
I want to explore more trails, and what bet-
ter way to learn more about their beauty and where
the best areas to visit are than looking at the facebook
page? I learn from other people’s posts from around the
country about areas I should visit, and see pictures and
comments about trails I haven’t visited yet.
A meaningful life story:
Being a cancer survivor, and
a caregiver to my best friend that passed away from
cancer, truly gave me a different look at life. I was never
outdoorsy” until I spent nine months battling cancer
and not being able to do much of anything. Helping
my best friend, Hena Ahmad, as she was living with
terminal cancer opened my eyes to the wonder of
nature. Every time I go on the trails, I am reminded of
how fortunate I am to be here and how blessed I am
to be able to partake in the great beauty that is offered
everyday all around me.
Something interesting you learned about RTC through
I learned about the possible slashing of
federal funds for rail-trails. How sad! I have so many
wonderful memories on trails, it would be a shame for
future generations not to have those experiences.
Inspirational quote:
The best remedy for those who are
afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere
where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature,
and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as
it should be and that God wishes to see people happy,
amidst the simple beauty of nature.” —Anne Frank
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