My Toughest Challenge: Christine Allen

Hillcrest Bank's senior vice president of commercial banking on losing her 14-year-old son to cancer.

“You have two choices: You can crawl in a hole and become completely consumed by what’s going on, or you can do the best you can to keep things as normal as possible. We tried really hard to do the latter. That doesn’t mean there weren’t times when we were obviously very upset and very scared. But we really tried to maintain a positive attitude, and Joshua [my son] helped with that. He was phenomenally positive and inspiring through the whole thing. It was amazing to us how strong he was. There’s a couple of things that are important to keep in mind when you’re dealing with people. One is you never know what someone might be dealing with outside of their immediate business environment. Another thing we learned is that people are good. We were amazed at the number of people who came out of the woodwork to try to support our family.”


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