The Wilmot Cancer Center has given so much to me. Now, I get the privilege of giving back by volunteering here. You see in 2004, I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. I was devastated. Then, I met Dr. Paul Okunieff. He was confident that he could help me. I looked into other cancer centers and found that the most state of the art care was right here in my back yard at the Wilmot Center at Strong. Dr. Okunieff performed nothing short of a miracle. His treatment plan saved my life.
My experience as a patient at the Wilmot Center left me with a need to give back in some way. When I found out about volunteering, I applied immediately. I started volunteering in January 2008 and it is the most rewarding experience of my life. As a volunteer I make sure that each patient is as comfortable as possible, offering warm blankets, drinks and snacks. Initially, I thought that, by surviving, I could bring hope and inspiration to those fighting their own valiant battles. What I have found is that they fill me with hope and inspiration. Every time I volunteer, I get to listen and learn about so many people's journeys with cancer. I get to know them not as patients, but as people. We touch each other’s lives and hearts, the whole experience is very rewarding.