Walmart Community Playmaker
In 2009, Yuri’s mother, Lynda C. Hubbard, passed away from an eight year battle with cancer. As a way to honor her, Yuri decided to turn grieving into action. For the past 5 years, he has been providing services to those who are battling cancer and other illnesses, predominately the homeless and young children. It started with him going in his spare time, spending a few hours here and there, and now he goes seven days a week spending four to five hours a day. For the homeless, he dresses up as a future superhero and takes all kinds of items needed to make their lives a little easier, including hats, socks, shoes, toiletries, food, and canned goods. He talks to them and provides a listening ear while encouraging them to hang in there as they share laughs and a prayer or two. As for the children battling cancer, he dresses up as their favorite superhero, and visits with them at the local hospital. He attends surprise parties and provides them with gifts such as their favorite superhero figurine. Spending time with the homeless and the children battling illnesses brings him so much joy because he knows his mom is smiling down on him and beyond proud of his efforts to make the lives of the less fortunate better than imagined.