I am a student at Roosevelt High School. Before coming to Children’s, I thought, “Well…I need sixty volunteer hours for school; why not try Children’s Hospital?” I am a very busy man, and try to be as involved as possible with as many things as I can: consider me a “multitasker!” My inspiration to be the person that I am today is my friend, Samuel Joaquin Flores: I look up to him, and he is my role model.
As I started to volunteer more and more, trying to adapt my tough schedule at the same time, I felt more involved in the hospital. I now feel truly connected to these kids’ perspectives: I, myself, have gotten very sick, and spending only a couple of days in the hospital makes me feel like I need the outdoors.
I cannot express my gratitude for being a volunteer at Children’s, I don’t get paid, and don’t wish to volunteer for hours anymore, either. I simply want to make children smile. I believe that, on a personal level, I get more from volunteering than the mere hours that I put in: I get to make a child’s day at Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota!”
Thank you, Erik, for your dedication to brightening patients’ days here at Children’s! We appreciate you & your commitment!