VOLUNTEER STORIES OF INSPIRATION
Get inspired with the stories of why Enloe Volunteers give back to their community.
Bill Howard, Care-Line Volunteer since 1998
"Peace of Mind"
The people that we see are in great need of a system like Care-Line. For the most part, we see those that have no one near by that looks in on them to see that they are OK and doing well. Their friends and family are not near by to help...Being able to give this needed assurance to them, that help is just a button push away, gives them some peace of mind.
Cathy Wolcott, Patient Ambassador since 2010
"A Kind Word of Encouragement"
I wanted to become a patient ambassador because some of these people have no one to come visit them and give them a kind word of encouragement. Sometimes just a friendly “Hello, how are you doing?” is all it takes to bring a smile and a little joy into their lives. These amazing people are full of compassion and I hope I am able to give them just a little. I feel so blessed being able to do what I do as an ambassador volunteer.
Dale Wilcox, Patient Ambassador since 2008
"Paying it Forward"
Sharing with others has made me more aware of the need to be of service. This has been a rewarding experience for me and I consider my volunteer time as “paying forward” for the good things that I have received.
Karin Towner, P.A.W.S. Volunteer since 2010
Approximately three times a month, I have the privilege to mingle with patients before, during, and after their doctors’ visits and medical procedures. I should actually say “we”, because I get to have my pet partner, Marvin (a 90 lb. Golden Retriever) come along and volunteer too! We are part of a new program which incorporates animal assisted activity into the daily routine at the Cancer Center. It is a very unique experience that involves interacting with strangers in a personal way. We share animal stories and mostly talk about joyful experiences. I am so grateful to be a part of the volunteer program, and I think Marvin is too. I love when he lies down on the patients’ feet, and they tease him about his weight and lazy style. So cute!
Si Wrigley, Cancer Center Volunteer since 2009
What I do is not about me or about any part of the process of curing. It’s all about healing, making patients comfortable, and exemplifying the need for hope. Having been a patient with a dismal prognosis and then surviving cancer, I can look in most patients’ eyes and know what they’re going through. Surviving cancer has reminded me how important it is to live life in the now and enjoy every minute of it. You don’t have to be a survivor to learn how to do that. Volunteering at the Cancer Center has helped me to stay grounded about life and, at the same time, enables me to give patients hope.
Lois Dogey, Gift Shop volunteer since 2009
Volunteering teaches you to give without the expectation of anything in return, but the returns are great.
Carol Zearley, Guest Services volunteer since 2010
I was a patient at Enloe for six days and got to see the other side. The volunteers were so great. I have been treated so special by all the volunteer staff and it’s just a lot of “feel good stuff”.
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