Maytag Salutes: Donald Treadway
21 May, 2014
Why We’re Saluting Donald:
Thirty-one years ago, Donald was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 18. During his battle with cancer, he was constantly amazed at the outpouring of generosity and support from his family, friends, community and surrounding areas. While he feels he could never repay everyone for their contributions, he explains, “What I had to do was honor them by living my life to the fullest, and giving back to my family, friends and community as they had given to me. I think of my acts of kindness as paying-it forward.”
Donald has a small auto workshop at home for personal use, and he helps others that need assistance, no matter how large or small the matter may be. Many of those who seek his help are struggling to make ends meet, and their cars are their only means of transportation to and from work, which means their jobs are in jeopardy if they can’t get there.
Besides car and truck repairs, Donald plows snow from many driveways in his community at no cost, especially for the elderly and those who can’t afford to hire someone. Donald adds, “They don’t even ask, I just do it and they are always grateful.” He has also assisted local farmers, helped with the construction of new homes or home repairs, and more. “I never know what awaits me around the corner, but I’m always ready and willing to do what I can for as long as I am able.”
When asked about giving back to his community, Donald answers, “Helping others is what keeps me going. It gives me purpose, a reason to move forward every day, and the realization that my work here is not finished. I am honored and humbled by this nomination and recognition, but I’ve never sought recognition. This is what I do, who I am. Giving back to my community, the community that embraced me when I needed it the most, is all the recognition I need.”
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