Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!
1. Why he ROCKS?!
“My lifelong dream has been to be a pediatrician. After working several years in the education field, I decided to go back to school to pursue my dream and figured, what better place to gain experience working with children in a medical setting than at Children’s Hospital?” We are thrilled to have Robert volunteer with us on our St. Paul Campus. He has assisted with pre-surgery tours and on the inpatient units, excelling wherever he is placed! Robert has incredible energy, as well as a positive outlook: he is an ideal volunteer!
2. Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?
“Outside of volunteering, I love to play on my XBOX 360.” We are sure that Robert gets plenty of practice here on the inpatient floors!
3. Do you have any kids or pets of your own?
“I have two sons, Elijah (7) and Aden (4). I also have two pet goldfish that the kids named EJ and Julio.”
4. If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?
“If I could make a candy bar, it would have to be a mix of Snickers and Turtle. It would include milk chocolate, peanuts, pecans, caramel, and creamy nougat. I would name it a Snurckle.”
5. Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:
“There was an 11-year-old who came in for the pre-surgery program when all of the other kids were five or younger. He, of course, felt out of place with all of the younger kids, so I really tried to connect with him on an 11-year-old level to make the program enjoyable. We talked about video games, what we liked and didn’t like about middle school, and sports. We both had a good time during PSP, and I found out that when he came back for his surgery, the first thing that he asked the Child Life Specialist was, “Where’s Robert?” It was really cool to know that in our short amount of time together, I made a positive impression on his hospital experience.”
Thank you, Robert, for all that you do!