Volunteer Recognition Week Profile: Laura Ruiz Colon

Laura Ruiz Colon Laura Ruiz Colon

Where do you volunteer, and how long have you been volunteering?

I began volunteering in the summer of 2008 in the Sibling Play Area.  A few months later, I began volunteering on the pediatric epilepsy unit, and I have been there since then. 

What is your educational background and future career interest?

As a junior in high school, my immediate focus is to keep my grades up so that I can get into a good college.  In the future, I hope to major in neuroscience or biochemistry and go to medical school.  I wish to become a neurologist, with my main interest being autism.  It is my dream to be able to one day come back to this hospital as an accomplished doctor.

What first brought you to Children’s as a volunteer?

In the summer of 2005, my family and I moved from Puerto Rico to Woodbury, MN.  During this transition, there were many people who helped us get used to a new way of living.  For what they have done, I remain forever grateful, and as soon as I turned fourteen (old enough to volunteer), I knew that I wanted to volunteer in a children’s hospital.  That’s where I felt I could give the most of myself and make a difference in someone’s life, as it was done in mine.

What kinds of things do you enjoy doing when you’re not volunteering?

Aside from volunteering, I really enjoy being part of my school’s debate team, as I love public speaking.  I also like watching movies, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

I sincerely enjoy everything about volunteering, from getting to know the families to talking to the nurses and making a child smile.  All week, I look forward to my shift on Sunday, coming here with the mission of assuring that the patient has a better day.

Thank you, Laura, for creating better days for the patients you meet here at Children’s!

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