Woman hopes to return to volunteering efforts


Falconbury makes jewelry at her Greenwood home. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

Breast cancer struck Greenwood resident Elaine Falconbury two years ago. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

Her hands lack feeling and her brain sometimes gets so foggy that she can forget what she’s saying mid-sentence.

The retired nurse knows she won’t fully recover but hopes her condition will improve enough that she’ll be able to go back to responding to fires and other emergencies as a Red Cross volunteer.

Breast cancer survivor Elaine Falconbury used to drive across Johnson County in the middle of the night to give food and sacks of clothes to families who had just lost their homes to fire and had traveled around the country to help victims of tornadoes and other natural disasters. She served in New Jersey in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and had been named the Red Cross’s central Indiana volunteer of the year.

The Greenwood resident has been motivated to get better because her dream and goal is to return to volunteering. She just hasn’t been well enough to since she was stricken with cancer two years ago.

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