On a beautiful day last week the 28 treatment room volunteers of the Cancer Foundation gathered at Quail Run for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. This was an opportunity for the Foundation to say "Thank You" to our faithful volunteers and a wonderful way for all the volunteers to get together.
Our treatment room volunteers provide snacks, beverages, and blankets to patients. "Many people just need an ear and some time to talk about their struggles," says volunteer Jane Messinger. They also try to lend a helping hand to all of the nurses who tirelessly work so hard.
One patient shared, "those long hours in the chemo room were made so much easier because of the volunteers who were there every day with kind words and encouragement." This personal attention reduces stress for patients and allows them to focus on completing their treatment and getting healthy.
At the same time, the volunteers are rewarded through this experience. Bonnie Garr, a volunteer for more than eleven years, commented, "I had no idea when I started how very rewarding, and even moving, an experience it would be for me!"
Save the Date
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Cancer Foundation for New Mexico Night
Santa Fe Fuego Baseball Game