Susan Lange Pruitt is a mom to be celebrated throughout the Racine community.
Sue is an oncology nurse who works daily with cancer patients, helping them as they live with uncertainty and hope.
She became mom to our three kids when they were 4, 6 and 13. We’re a blended family, but she declared the word “step” off-limits on the day of our wedding 21 years ago. In preparation of joining our two families, she arranged for family counseling so that we’d all be able to address any issues before they arose. It’s what helped us realize the importance of raising our new family in a home that was new to everyone. It also eased the transition of her only child to becoming our middle child.
Throughout the years, Sue has been our family glue — coordinating milestone, accomplishment and birthday celebrations. She’s the thoughtful one who always picks up themed décor items, prepares the “favorite” food item and rounds up family and friends to instill confidence, love, and appreciation for family in our now-adult kids. And they, in turn, share those traits in their communities/families.
Sue has supported SAFE Haven as a volunteer intake nurse assessing new teen residents; packed food for Feed My Starving Children; organized dozens of fundraising events for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life; supported those in crisis through Covenant Presbyterian’s Stephen Ministry program; various feeding the homeless efforts and, whenever walking a trail or bike path, she collects the discarded litter of others in plastic bags for proper disposal!
We travel often and she saves all the soaps, bath and beauty products for regular deliveries to HALO or Women’s Resource Center. Her mind is always on others and it shows in her work, family and leisure life activities.
She modeled this spirit of volunteerism for our kids, too, often including them. And that legacy continues through their volunteering in their local communities.
Sue is also the safe confidante of our family. She’s earned trust by guiding family members through complex choices, patiently explaining potential results and, therefore, leading to informed decisions.
Though they are often unsung heroes in family units throughout our country, given the chance, moms steadfastly move their families toward better tomorrows. This is the legacy that Sue is creating every day in Racine County. And now, as a grandmother, she cherishes seeing the momentum continue forward as our family members embark on their own new adventures.
Sue deserves distinction because she lives her dream and models it for others. I love and appreciate her influence on my life and want everyone to know it!