Valle del Sol celebrates Lin Sue Cooney: 2017 Mom of the Year honoree

Posted at 7:28 AM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 13:11:57-04

Lin Sue Cooney became director of community engagement for Hospice of the Valley after 31 years as a newscaster at 12News. She may have changed professions, but her passion to serve is stronger than ever. Instead of connecting our community to the latest headlines, she now connects families to tender and compassionate care.
She oversees community-facing departments at one of the largest not-for-profit hospices in the nation... fund development, business development, creative services and volunteers.

Lin Sue graduated cum laude with a bachelors in English and Political Science from Willamette University in Oregon. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She left a reporting position at WFAA-TV in Dallas to join the news team at 12 News in Phoenix in 1984. Honored as the Valley's "Best Anchor" by the Phoenix Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, Lin Sue has won numerous awards including nine Rocky Mountain Emmys. She helped the Komen Foundation fight breast cancer with her "Buddy Check 12" reports... and launched "Hero Central" a segment that highlighted ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Lin Sue feels blessed to be serving Hospice of the Valley's mission of comfort and dignity, and knows first-hand how it feels to be embraced and supported during one of life's most vulnerable times.  Hospice of the Valley cared for her father-in-law in 2003.  She considers it a great privilege to now help other families experience the same loving care her family received.

Lin Sue also volunteers for Hospice of the Valley's pet therapy program, along with her standard poodle Max, visiting hospice and dementia patients.

Mom of the Year Breakfast
Friday, May 12, 2017
Phoenix Convention Center - North Ballroom
Registration 7:30 a.m. | Breakfast & Program 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
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