Not all superheroes wear capes, masks, or possess equal powers, but all superheroes have one thing in common: they go above and beyond to help others in need.
For 27 years, Derrick Diaz has been nothing less than a hero to the families and staff who have come to rely on his almost superhuman abilities. Whether changing HVAC filters, driving a golf cart to deliver snacks to players at our annual golf tournament, or tending the wine bar, no task is too large or too small for this unsung hero who is often behind the scenes doing work that many take for granted.
Derrick can always be counted on to arrive early to an event to help with set-up and stay late for breakdown and clean-up. No matter what needs doing, Derrick is always willing to lend a hand with a smile and his distinct laugh.
Over the years, he has become such a familiar figure to our House families that they often mistake him as a member of the staff. Thanks to his long-standing relationship with the House, Derrick is also the guy to go to for historical information about the House -- a valuable resource as we transition and grow.
As a testament to his willingness to do whatever needs doing, Derrick has even been seen rolling the House's Ronald McDonald park-bench down El Camino Real to the House Party! venue. When curious passers-by inquired, Derrick proudly told them about the fundraiser, saying, "Buy a ticket and come, you'll have a great time, and it's for the families, right?"
His enthusiasm for his volunteer work is as obvious as his dedication -- it takes no stretch of the imagination to know that Derrick is happiest when he is helping families in whatever way is needed most. Indeed, his twice-weekly volunteer shifts with the House operations team has become a critical part of the weekly rhythm of making the House function smoothly for both the families and staff alike.
In short, we -- families, staff, and other volunteers -- have come to depend on Derrick, and value his skills and knowledge. We are grateful to call this House hero an integral part of our family. Thank you, Derrick, for being our superhero!