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Ruth Handy  presenting WZM  Award for Compassion


WZM Award presented on June 7, 2011 to Yasmira Batista, Pasadena High School






Helping Others
By Yasmira Batista

I have a true passion for helping others. I believe that helping others is very significant because it reminds me that I am not only making a difference in someone’s life, but also making a difference in my community. This passion started as a minor feeling, but it progressed into a true personal quality when I volunteered for many events and performed community service, such as volunteering at a local library. Helping others and volunteering became a part of who I am as a person and makes me proud for offering a helping hand.

I love how I am making a difference in someone’s life by doing the smallest and simplest thing, such as escorting a person to a room, picking up money from the ground and giving it to the person who dropped it, or even helping a homeless person on a street by offering food, money or some advice.

My passion increasingly developed when I saw an infomercial about children in a poor European country having a contagious, fatal disease because of their living conditions being unsanitary, malnutrition, and poverty. I actually cried when I saw that infomercial and told my mother if I can donate twenty dollars to the sponsors of the infomercial in order to help those children. She first thought that I was just kidding but she told me that she could tell that I was being serious about helping those children and can see the desire in my eyes. My mother donated twenty dollars to the sponsors and I was so happy because I know the money donated will help those children.

At that moment, I decided that I wanted to become a pediatrician, because I wanted to be able to help children that are in need. It became the most important thing to me, thus making it my number-one priority. As a tenth-grader, I tutored middle school and high school students that had difficulty in Algebra. A sixth-grade student even told me that I was so helpful and because of my help, he got an A in his math class. At that moment, I was surprised because I realized that helping a person could make a huge impact in that person’s life. I am currently a volunteer at Pasadena’s Huntington Memorial Hospital. I love volunteering there so much because the patients that I help are always thankful and appreciative of the help that I offer. Seeing a happy face on a patient that I assist always makes me feel proud for what I accomplished and reminds me that I can make a huge difference and impact in many more lives when I become a pediatrician.

I feel that being a pediatrician is very significant to me because I believe that children are our future and they do not deserve to have their lives taken away when they are barely experiencing life itself. Now, volunteering and helping others is not only what I am passionate about, but also a part of who I am.


Ruth Ratna Handy, LCSW
(661) 242-6956


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