An unthinkable loss
Her "never give up" attitude was evident when she endured the unthinkable, losing her son, Michael, in a car accident involving a drunk driver in November 2006.
"We belong to a club that has no name," she said. "If you are a child and lose your parents, you are an orphan. If you lose your spouse, you are a widow. But there isn't a name for parents who lose children."
Shattered, Ms. Buccino resigned from her nursing position in Good Samarian Hospital's medical/surgical unit and took a year off to grieve her son's death. To this day, she believes Michael remains with her and guides her through personal and professional challenges.
For example, when she was ready to reenter nursing, Ms. Buccino had offers for two positions. She looked above for help.
"I was driving to South Oaks, and I had a mental conversation with Michael," she said. "I asked him to give me a sign for which job to take."
The sign came moments later, when she encountered a former employee of the facility that made the other offer. "We started talking," Ms. Bucccino said. "She said she left the other facility crying every day. I went outside and called the nurse manager and thanked her for the opportunity."