From Patient to Volunteer: Sasha’s Story
April 22nd, 2013
Sasha Buchner has been volunteering at Children’s since May 2011. In her own words, here is the story of how she became involved with our program:
“Three years ago, I was quickly approaching the end of my senior year in high school. However, at the same time, I had an growing sense of dread that came to a peak when I developed a lump just over my collarbone. On May 27th, 2010, 5 days before I graduated, I was diagnosed with Stage 2A Hodgkin’s lymphoma with bulk disease. The adult oncology clinic that diagnosed me insisted that I start treatment right away–but then my mom got in contact with the Children’s Hem/Onc clinic in Minneapolis. They were willing to work with me so that I could enjoy the end of my senior year before starting treatment. It was such a relief that I didn’t miss anything.
One day, while I was receiving chemotherapy on the inpatient floor, I was feeling particularly nauseated. I hadn’t eaten anything until two volunteers came around to the rooms pulling a wagon full of dirt pudding (Oreos, chocolate pudding, and gummy worms). Needless to say, I ate the delicious treat right away. At this moment, I realized that I wanted to give back to other kids with cancer by helping make their journeys a little bit brighter.
The Hem/Onc clinic is a special place within Children’s. Everyone is part of a community, all working towards the same goal of eradicating childhood cancer. I enjoy spending time with the patients and helping them to be kids and teens instead of diagnoses. Every day, I learn so much from them. It is my hope to put this knowledge to use as I pursue a career as a future teen and young adult oncologist. “
Thank you, Sasha, for sharing your amazing courage, compassion, and commitment to Children’s!