Linda Salomons, Why I Care Member Recipient


Even though Linda Salomons had been raised in a family that frequently volunteered their time, she said it didn’t become her passion until her four-year-old son, Eric, was diagnosed with childhood leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant from his twin brother. Eric is now a healthy 17-year-old cancer survivor, but during his illness, she said, the support her family received was incredible and she wanted to be part of something that did the same for other families going through a difficult time.

When she was approached with the idea of starting an organization to assist families whose child was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, she jumped right in, helping found A Room to Heal. Over the past 10 years, A Room to Heal has been part of 65 room makeovers where volunteers create customized, personalized rooms (bedrooms or playrooms where the child spends most of his/her time). They are filled with all the child’s favorite things to provide a healing environment and bring, comfort, hope, and lasting love.

Linda feels strongly about the positive, and sometimes life-changing, impact that helping someone else can have on a volunteer. She has seen people sometimes hesitant to begin volunteering because they don’t have enough time or they don’t believe they can make a difference, but she believes by creating opportunities for people to get involved they will see the impact they can have and will “get hooked” and continue to give back.
In addition to her time as a volunteer for A Room to Heal, Linda is very involved in the community, giving back to Make-A-Wish of Central New York®, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Sean’s Standing Strong Memorial Fund, Greater Binghamton United FC, Greater Binghamton Jewish Federation, and many others.