With a heart for service, Cynthia M. Soto-Azghani, B.S.N., R.N., CCRC, always dreamed of making a difference by volunteering her time and efforts to causes she believed in. “In my youth, I had aspirations of being in the Peace Corps; living and working in developing countries. As an adult, I realized that I can serve my country by volunteering to help individuals and families in my own community,” Mrs. Soto-Azghani said.
As a clinical staff nurse with FitSTEPS for Life (FSFL), Mrs. Soto-Azghani works with cancer patients and cancer survivors, helping them with an exercise program provided by the Cancer Foundation for Life. FSFL is designed to physically and psychologically rehabilitate cancer patients through aerobic exercises and muscle strengthening. As a cancer survivor, Mrs. Soto-Azghani understands, and is able to explain to the participants, the remarkable benefits of adding exercise into the treatment of cancer. And she goes beyond her professional work with FSFL by coordinating cancer awareness programs and fundraising activities, and by arranging social events for the FSFL participants, their families and caregivers.
Mrs. Soto-Azghani can also be found volunteering her time and nursing skills at the Bethesda Health Clinic. She has served as a team captain the past four years for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and plans to do so again in 2011, in addition to serving on the Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Committee.
“When I’m around other volunteers, I always have fun,” Mrs. Soto-Azghani said. “ As a group, we get excited about helping others. I think it’s so true what Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can seriously help another without helping himself.’”
Born in Temple, Texas, Mrs. Soto-Azghani has lived in Tyler for 24 years. She and her husband, Ali O. Azghani, Ph.D., are the parents of Jason, 23, and Jasmine, 23. Mrs. Soto-Azghani is a graduate of North Garland High School and earned her bachelor of science degree from Texas Woman’s University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society of nursing, and was awarded the 2009-2010 Lota Nu Chapter Award for Excellence in Practice by the organization. She is also a member of the American and Texas Nurses Associations, the Oncology Nursing Society, and the Society of Clinical Research Assistants, and is a national and chapter member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
“I enjoy living in Tyler because of the friendly people and the beautiful landscapes. It’s a great place to enjoy what I love most, spending time with family and friends,” Mrs. Soto-Azghani said.