Michele Bresnick Walsh
Gordon Feinblatt LLC
Beating leukemia after being told she had a 20 percent chance of survival in 2008 had a profound impact on Michele Bresnick Walsh’s personal and professional life.
“I never let it deter my spirit, and I proved to myself and others what a fighter I am,” said Walsh, a member of the business, securities law and health care practice groups at Gordon Feinblatt LLC in Baltimore. “I am proof that a positive attitude makes all the difference and I carry that attitude into my law practice.”
Walsh missed a year of work during treatment, which included a bone marrow transplant, and recovery.
“Having a stranger save my life by going through a painful bone marrow procedure for me reminded me of the importance of paying it forward, which is a guiding principle in my personal life and practice,” said Walsh, who earned her law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
She was a founding board member in 2010 of the nonprofit group There Goes My Hero, which recruits new people to join the bone marrow registry and provides healthy meals to leukemia patients and their families.
“We have added more than 10,500 people to the registry, have found 125 matches and 17 have gone on to have life-saving transplants,” she said.
Walsh also has been active in the Lawyers Campaign Against Hunger, which raises money for the Maryland Food Bank and the Capital Area Food Bank.
“I have always been committed to community service, but even more so after I recovered from leukemia,” she said.