BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) – If you were to search the internet for the city of Brazil, Indiana…you might fight the picture of one particular resident.
Not someone famous from history, someone others say pours her heart and soul into the Clay County town.
While she’s battling perhaps the toughest fight of her life, she continues to give back.
That’s why Pat Krider of Brazil is this month’s Make a Difference winner.
When our crew showed up to give Pat her surprise award, it was clear from the start how loved this Brazil woman is.
Her husband, children, in-laws, grandchildren, friends, and co-workers joined us in congratulating her.
Her regular job is at Northview High School.
That is where she helps students get the credits they need to graduate through what’s called “APEX Lab.”
Pat’s been running this digital curriculum class for the last eight years.
She’s got a wall of students to show for it.
Teenagers who might not have been able to turn their tassel without her.
It’s her volunteer work outside of the classroom that she’s perhaps most proud.
Pat works hard with the Brazil Main Street Committee to spruce up buildings downtown.
She volunteers as a clown at area nursing homes to bring a smile to the seniors’ faces.
Plus, she’s active with the Kiwanis Key Club, Clay County Relay for Life, and she’s working to start a new committee called “The Be Kind Campaign.”
It’s a motto she likes to live by.
“I just like to treat people like I’d like to be treated, like the Golden Rule…every place I look I see a need,” Pat told us.
But while she works tirelessly to help others, Pat is fighting for her life.
She’s a six-year breast cancer survivor, now fighting stage four liver cancer.
She says staying busy helping others is her best medicine.
“If you don’t keep going…if you sit back and don’t do anything…it doesn’t make any sense to me. I just keep going as long as I can,” Pat said.
Fleta Van Ness nominated Pat for the Make a Difference Award.
“It’s just amazing. I’m like, how does she have this energy and this need and desire to help so many people. But that’s the person she is. She’s so giving and caring,” Fleta said.
Pat is described as a friend, mentor, and role model.
She has touched many lives in her three decades of service to Brazil.
Now…during a difficult time in her life, we wanted to say thank you for making a difference in our community.
If you’d like to nominate someone for a Make a Difference Award, click here.