HAND IT ON: Year In Review: A Look Back at 2018

Hand It On Year In Review

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As we begin 2019, we thought we’d take a look back at the compassion you showed in 2018 with some of your Hand It On nominations in what we call Hand It On – Year In Review.

In February of last year we introduced you to Perry’s Posse, a not-for-profit cancer support group in Garyville, Louisiana.

Tayna Roccaforte, founder of the group, says they meet monthly.

“To help cancer patients in the River Parishes – St. John, St. James, and St. Charles” she said.

Then an extremely touching story about turning grief into something positive. When Diania Laubacher’s husband died, she said the ongoing pain and grief was unbearable.

“I just went into a horrible, what I call a black hole” Diania explained. “I think God sent me my babies to help heal my heart.”

Her babies? Dogs! And not just any dogs. These are older dogs, many with disabilities or medical issues, and many in their final stages of life.

Diania felt called to form a non-profit for these dogs and calls it Precious Souls Canine Rescue and Sanctuary. It’s sort of a hospice for dogs.

“You know I try to do whatever I can for them to give them the optimum quality of life like cataract surgery that I just had done. And if I can restore sight to an elder dog that they can see for the first time or see again in their last few years, to me it’s worth it.”

And then there was Good Samaritan Courtney Robins who witnessed a horrible dirt bike crash.

Courtney saw the rider fly off the bike and crash onto the pavement, bleeding and hurt.

“He was like I’m not gonna make it. Tell my mom and them I love them. And he was literally that night telling me like goodbye,” Courtney explains.

She grabbed her son’s football jersey, made a make-shift tourniquet, and helped stabilize the victim until paramedics arrived. For her efforts, Courtney was later awarded the Baton Rouge Police Department’s “Citizen Award” at their annual banquet.

And as always, WAFB showed our support with Hand It On donations to great community partners like the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Salvation Army just to name a few.

And here we go again! Another year of supporting and helping each other through your Hand It On nominations.

To nominate a person, or an organization, for WAFB’s Hand It On recognition, send an e-mail to HandItOn@wafb.com.

Make sure to include your contact information, especially your phone number.

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