May 7, 2018
I have been given an opportunity to share a few of my thoughts concerning Ms. Cheryl Tolan. The task is somewhat akin to "Where do I begin??" but I will do my best:
I am privileged to know this amazing woman, and while our relationship has grown and developed over time because we're both in Real Estate, I consider her much more than just another friend in the business. For starters, she's the most humble, genuine, un-assuming individual I know. Who wouldn't want someone like that for a friend? "A breath of fresh air" is what she is, and that gal lights up a room every time she enters. Absolutely everyone wants to be around her & she gives her undivided attention to whomever she's with. Cheryl can also be delightfully funny with her witty self-deprecating style of humor. But above all, she's warm and giving. I've noticed she's also consistently enthusiastic for other people's successes, and when someone else is struggling with difficulties, Cheryl's compassion and ability to understand is genuine and a huge part of her persona. Finally, she's never one to say "no" to anyone in need and quick to take on tasks no one else is willing or able to do. She is am amazing, dedicated and loving wife and Mother - her children are blessed a hundred times over. Yet her love of family and Country are only overshadowed by her very deep faith in our Creator.
But Cheryl's negatives should also be obvious to anyone who knows her well: She denies her body adequate rest, puts her own needs last and takes on too many responsibilities, especially when it comes to her amazing volunteer work. Probably puts makeup on in the car on her way to work, too.
Well, I feel blessed to have been put on this earth - in the same time period, in the same town and, holy cow, even in the same business! - as Cheryl Tolan. She doesn't know it, but she's made a meaningful and permanent difference in my own little life. More importantly, she's made a huge difference in the lives of hundreds who have benefited from her tireless efforts for our Veterans. I'm telling you, once you know Cheryl Tolan, you're never quite the same. She is, above all, one of God's secret agents and a reminder to me that mankind is not totally lost.