Rebuilding Big Easy Brings Big Rewards
One of Foriester's co-volunteers, Myra Hancock, added, "The group calls us the Bobsy Twins. I'm Bobsy One and she's Bobsy Two."
Foriester met Hancock during their first trip in the wake of Katrina.
"She's Freddy. I would be Flossy," Foriester said. "And that's sort of how we respond to each other: 'Freddy, it's me. What are you doing?'"
Foriester depended even more on their friendship when they returned to Columbia and Foriester was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I had surgery on the 31st of January, then did six weeks of chemo[therapy] and did six weeks of radiation," she recalled.
When First Presbyterian Church decided to return to help rebuild New Orleans, Foriester wasn't sure she was strong enough to help.
"So I said, 'Well, you can bring me for moral support,'" she remembered. "And they were like, 'That's enough, just come along.'"
So Foriester traveled to New Orleans with her Bobsy Twin.
"I know from our experiences volunteering together that we'll be friends forever," Hancock said.
Foriester and the other volunteers gutted two heavily-damaged houses during their week in New Orleans.
You can read more about their rebuilding efforts in this Sunday's Columbia Missourian newspaper.