“Thank you, Michael. You're a Doll.”
I've been a pharmacist for 28 years. The most satisfying part of my job is just working with the people,
with the colleagues, with the customers, and helping them through their day.
He has served as a pharmacy manager for several years, a preceptor where he has mentored and
developed talent within the market as well.
Michael goes way beyond his role as a pharmacist. We take this as a working family and Michael is really
the backbone of that.
He's like titanium. He's strong and he can withstand some difficulties and challenges, but he's also like
velvet and he's very caring and he's empathetic.
I was diagnosed with nasal pharyngeal cancer. The survival rate was 20 to 25%. Lost about 90 pounds in
four months. You have to reevaluate yourself in your life when you look in the mirror in the morning. I'm
feeling great now. I am alive.
I think his priorities have changed more than anything. Kind of mellowed out a little bit where he was
real military type person.
I was in the service from March of 1987 to 2009. I was with the Louisiana National Guard. I was called
up. They sent me to Fort Benning, Georgia during the Desert
Shield, Desert Storm. Later on in my military career, I was assigned as the rear detachment commander.
I stayed home and took care of the families, and I also had the opportunity to make sure that our service
men and women were respected if they didn't come home alive. I have the privilege of giving the folded
flag from the coffin to the family member. My job is to say, "on behalf of a grateful nation." It's one of
the hardest things I've ever done.
The military has probably made Michael the man he is today, and the leader he is today. He helped me
through a hard part of my life.
Our store manager, Susan, has a son, Chad, that went overseas to Afghanistan for a tour. The PTSD got
the best of him and unfortunately he took his life.
My experiences with CVS, with the military, with my medical history, with the cancer, I can relate to a lot
of people that most people can't.
"You must be Air Force.",
“They don't make 'em like that anymore.”
“No, they don't. No, they don’t."
A veteran meeting a veteran, there's just a bond there. You know things. You've done things that a lot of
You see a cancer survivor, you see somebody going through cancer and when they say you don't
understand, that's what I could say, "Yes, I do."
Hopefully I can bring treatment and care, compassion, understanding, and if I can pay it forward, that's
what I'd like to do.