North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

September 9, 2011

Person You Should Know: Connie Bowers

By Ben Montgomery
North Jefferson News

GARDENDALE — Connie Bowers is a Gardendale resident and the president of the Angel Squad, a volunteer organization that visits with cancer patients.

What does the Angel Squad do?

We work with breast cancer patients and their families at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and patients who are being tested in the mammography department at the Kirklin Clinic. We visit with the patients and give them snacks and drinks, try to show them around the clinics and just try to make them comfortable.

Does the Squad have anything coming up?

In October we’re having our National Mammography Day event. We’ll be in every Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q in the county taking donations and telling people about Angel Squad.

Are you a cancer survivor?

No, but 95 percent of our members are breast cancer survivors. I joined because it’s affected a lot of people I know and some of my relatives have died of breast cancer. Plus, I love people, and this is a way to give back. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Tell me about your family.

My husband and I have been married for 30 years. I used to work for Bellsouth, and I’ve been retired for seven or eight years. We don’t have children, but we do have dogs. I don’t know what I would do with real children because we spoil those dogs rotten.

What’s something you do for fun?

I enjoy traveling. My husband and I go to the mountains and Gatlinburg at least once a year.