People who inspire me - Gloria Rattenborg
Gloria Rattenborg may not be a hero in her own eyes but to me and many others, she definitely is. She has helped so many people throughout her life. She helped many people in her younger years and continues even to this day. She works at the food bank in Manchester, Iowa, is a part of the Relay For Life board, the Del. County Board of Cancer and the Public Health Board, she is a retired nurse, and is also a parish nurse. Gloria has done many good deeds for and around this community. She was always hungering to help out within the town.
Although hunger is less of a problem in a small town like Manchester, Iowa, it is still an issue. Gloria Rattenborg works with the food bank to help fix that problem. She dedicates a bunch of her time to working and helping the less fortunate. According to, The United States Department of Agriculture, "12.3 percent of American households remain food insecure – meaning that 1 in 8 households in the United States had difficulty at some time during the year in providing enough food for all their members" (Feeding America). As a child she didn't have much to grow up with which is why she wanted to help others without the ability to provide food for their families. She works with organizing boxes of food for families who are unable to cook or are unqualified to cook if they don't have a fridge or a stove/ microwave. She also organizes donations and food brought in. Gloria heard about the food bank from a volunteer at a church service many years ago; she has continued helping out ever since.
Along with volunteering at the food bank, she also volunteers with the Del. County Board of Cancer, the Public Health Board for Del. County, as well as Relay For Life. While interviewing her, she said she would "always 100% willing to help out"[with the board and relay for life]. "Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. Globally, about 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer." (World Health Organization) This is a huge reason why my grandma is so passionate about working for cancer beating organizations. In addition, our family has experienced their fair share of cancer. When her Great-Grandpa died of lung cancer, she thought she should try to accomplish something, so she then joined the board and started working with relay for life. In my own family, we have seen three cases of cancer over the last ten years. Two of those cases happened to my Grandma herself, and my Grandpa; one of those cases became fatal, my Grandpa's. The other case affected my Grandma on my mom's side, her case wasn't fatal. Because she lost two people to the same illness, as a nurse she helps many others see and recognize the signs before it's too late.
All throughout her childhood she watched and observed others in the medical field, seeing what they did or how they did it. Gloria always wanted to learn how to help fix other people up. She always watched the school nurse and enjoyed playing the nurse. While talking with her, she said, "while all the other kids would play house, I would be playing nurse instead"(Gloria). When it came time for her to go into medical school, she worked in many fields like medical, surgical, mental, public health, pediatrics, and geriatrics. She aided surgeries, giving the doctors the instruments they needed. Right out of the docks she worked in the surgical field. Philip Zimbardo once said, "Simply put, then, the key to heroism is a concern for other people in need—a concern to defend a moral cause, knowing there is a personal risk, done without expectation of reward." —Philip Zimbardo, "What Makes a Hero?" If she wasn't a hero she wouldn't care so much about the health of others. Even today, after her retirement she still helps people know what to do or where to go if they get hurt. While talking with her she mentioned that the most stressful areas to work in was emergency rooms, because they never knew what to expect when a new patient came in.
All of the stress of working as a nurse must not have affected her, as she is still working as a parish nurse within our congregation. Every year we have a blood drive within the church and surrounding communities; Gloria is an annual helper with the . In addition to that, she helps people identify their symptoms, even if it's anything from a simple cold to a serious illness. Gloria will also give people rides to their doctor appointments if they have impaired hearing or eyesight, or anything that makes them a danger to be on the road. Many people from within the congregation have needed her help, and she has been there to help every time.
Gloria is a hero for all the hard work she has done and will continue to do within the community. Although she doesn't see herself as one, many people around her do. She has worked with many helpful organizations. She has, and continues, to spend many hours volunteering at the food bank in Manchester, Iowa. She is a part of the Del. County Board of Cancer and the Public Health Board. In addition,now that she is retired from being a full time nurse,she now works as a parish nurse within our congregation. Gloria has helped many people in big and small ways.
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