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Red-Vested Rockstar: Ron Coleman

Ron Coleman

Why he rocks! “I got into volunteering shortly after moving to Minnesota from California. I was retired, and could not find my bearings during the long winter months, so I started volunteering. I found that helping others, helped me.”

Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering? “golfing and gardening are my passions. I love being outdoors, digging in the dirt, whether it’s golfing :) or gardening.”

Do you have any kids or pets of your own? “I have four kids and five grandkids, all on the east coast. I also have a cocker spaniel named Jazz.”

If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it? “My candy bar would be named ‘nuts about you’. It would consist of walnuts, pecans, cranberries and pure dark chocolate bits. No sugar added!

Share a favorite volunteer experience or story: “My favorite volunteer experience is always the same. I love to see the kids laugh and smile.”

Red-Vested Rockstar: Senna El Bakri

Senna El Bakri

Meet Senna!

Why she ROCKS?! “I have always loved working with children. I enjoy seeing their imagination and creativity in action. I also love having the opportunity to get a little goofy with them and join in on their fun. I am a graduated nursing student with an interest in pediatrics and I understand that the mental well being of the child in the hospital plays a big role in helping them get better. Knowing that I am helping these children forget about the IV lines and the monitors for a few hours and just focus on being a kid is incredibly rewarding.”

Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering? “In my free time I love to be on horse back. Riding horses is not only a hobby for me but it is also very therapeutic, I absolutely love it.”

Do you have any kids or pets of your own? “I do not have any kids but my family has a cat that my father rescued.”

If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it? “My candy bar would have salted caramel and real raspberries in it. I would call it the “Northeaster” because I was born and raised in Northeast Minneapolis and we had some raspberry bushes in our backyard.”

Share a favorite volunteer experience or story “I had a lot of fun with a boy who was very excited to tell me all about the movie “The Avengers”. When he was done he insisted on making me some hot cocoa then asked if I could give him a foot massage. It was incredibly cute coming from such a young boy.”

National Volunteer Week is April 12th- April 18th!

THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS, for your smiles, positive spirits, time, and compassion for the patients and families we serve! We are thankful for your service! Each day this week we will be highlighting a different member of our awesome volunteer team. Check back daily to see the featured volunteers. 

 

Meet Adoma!

 

Adoma has volunteered with our Star Studio, and on our inpatient units! According to staff, ‘she has a positive attitude and friendly personality; she is rarely seen without a smile!’

When not volunteering, Adoma stays busy with her full-time nursing studies and 2 children, ages 11 and 6. Adoma began volunteering due to her family’s personal experiences receiving care at Children’s.

As she says, “I’m the parent of a child with Sickle Cell and have had several volunteers make our hospital stays at Children’s Hospital more pleasant, interesting and enjoyable, so I wanted to give back by doing the same for other families.” 

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Lily Sugimura

Lily Sugimura

Meet Lily!

Why she ROCKS?!  “I’m an assistant at my dance studio for younger dancers, which is where I realized I enjoy being with children! I’ve always been curious about the medical field so when an opportunity to volunteer at Children’s came up it seemed like a perfect fit!”

Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering? “Reading and dancing have always been my favorite pastimes!”

Do you have any kids or pets of your own? “Unfortunately I do not have any pets, but I keep hoping for one!”

If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it? “If I could create a new candy bar it would be made to taste like those dirt pudding cups (chocolate pudding, cookie crumbs, and gummy worms). I’d call it the ‘Mud Pie Bar’! Might not sound or look great, but it would taste amazing!”

Share a favorite volunteer experience or story: “Just recently I was playing with a little girl; we walked around in the hall and went to the playroom. When I had to leave, she followed me out, thinking (and hoping) we were going back to the playroom. When she realized I wasn’t able to go there with her, she pressed her face against the glass to watch me leave. It was adorable, but so hard to leave!”

Thanks for spending time (having fun) with the patients we serve!

Red-Vested Rockstar: Elise Beckman

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Elise!

 1.   Why she ROCKS?!

 “I started volunteering at a local hospital in my hometown of Sacramento, CA ten years ago, and applied to volunteer at Children’s when I found out I’d be moving to the Twin Cities. That was over two years ago, and I still enjoy coming in every Sunday! I work as a financial analyst for another local hospital system, and love the opportunity to be involved in multiple healthcare environments in the Minneapolis area.”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I love to travel, and try to explore a new country every year! Next on my list: China.”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “No kiddos or pets currently, but I hope to have both some day…after I’ve explored several more countries.”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “Hmm…I would probably add sea salt to a Twix bar, so I’d call it a “Salty Twix.” (I clearly would need some help with branding!)”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

 “We had a sweet patient in the PICU, who has been hospitalized for some time. One day, I had the pleasure of spending time with the patient’s siblings while their parents spent some time alone with their little one. It was a great experience and a wonderful memory, as the parents were given the opportunity to spend concentrated time with their sick child together. One of the best things about volunteering at Children’s is getting to experience all aspects of care – for not only the patient, but for the families, as well.”

 Thank you, Elise, for brightening the day of our patients and families.

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Eric Jeske

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Eric!

1.   Why he ROCKS?!

“Three years ago I was on the way to a Minnesota Wild game a few days before Christmas…  as I sat in rush hour along 35E I noticed the Children’s Hospital building and noticed a light go off in a room.  In the back of my head I was concerned a sick child may miss Christmas while in the hospital and got to thinking…  I want to spend my free time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I spend a majority of my free time with my Husky puppy, along with playing Soccer and Kickball”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “Dog – Husky – One year old”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “I’m not a fan of candy…  so I will stick to Pizza!”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

 “A few years ago, I spent every Tuesday for six months with a new born.  I, still to this day, hold onto the memory of our time together.  She went thru so much while here at the hospital. On our final day together, I walked down the hall to see six nurses gathered around her.  She noticed me coming towards her and lit up with the biggest smile ever!  I was happy to know she was healthy again and going home.  At the same time, sad…as she was my Tuesday entertainment with big blue eyes and always smiling!”

You brighten the days of our patients when you are here, Eric! Thank you for your contributions to Children’s!

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Chonhanh Vuvan

Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Chonhanh!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

“I got into volunteering because I absolutely love working with kids. I have always loved working with kids; from nannying my little cousins to coaching kids how to figure skate at Bielenberg Sport Center. Although I’m only 17, I want to pursue a medical career and become a nurse and later a pediatrician.”

 

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

“I figure skate almost every other day; it’s my favorite sport/hobby!  I love to travel, hang with friends and families, attend sporting events and in the spring, run track.”

 

3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“I’m only in high school so no kids yet! My family has a fish tank of around 50 little guppies though.”

 

4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

“I would create a candy with caramel, marshmallow, peanuts, s’mores cracker and a chocolate coat. I’d name it Galaxy Heaven.”

 

5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

“There are so many fun memories! I love playing in the playroom with the patients or the patient’s siblings. The Child Life Zone is always fun, especially doing arts and crafts. Holding babies is another one of my favorite things to do!”

 

Thanks for volunteering, Chonhanh! Your passion for Children’s (and kids!) is evident in the work that you do!

 

 

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Ally Fuher

 

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

 Meet Ally!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

“I always knew I wanted to volunteer at  a hospital and work with children. I chose to volunteer at Children’s specifically because my sister had a ventricular septal defect when she was younger and was treated here. Ever since, my parents have talked about how evident it was that the staff really supported and cared about the whole family! I wanted to come see for myself how great of a place Children’s is!”

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

“Outside of volunteering, I love to spend my Saturdays at TCF Bank Stadium (Go Gophers!)”

3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“I have a 2 year old yellow Labrador named Mylo!”

4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

“Since I have a weakness for chocolate, I would probably have Kit-Kats stuffed with Andes Mints,  and put it all on a stick!  Because I love the Great Minnesota Get-Together so much, I would probably name it “Kit-Kandes on a stick.”

5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

“I think the  Sibling Play Area epitomizes Children’s family-centered care. One of the best memories in the past year would have to be playing outside on the playground in Sibling Play! The kids are so creative… in one afternoon I was a mermaid who had to avoid the hot lava and jumping unicorns!  It was really fun!”

Thank you for your ability to ‘play along’ and encourage creativity! Your enthusiasm is evident in the volunteer work you do! 

 

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Callie Albaugh

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Callie!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

 Callie volunteers in the Rehab department, working with a speech therapist, though helping the entire Rehab team! She is a senior Psychology major at Bethel University, and plans on getting her Master’s in speech pathology. Her passion for becoming a speech therapist is what brought her to volunteer at Children’s! Check out her fun answers, as well as a further introduction from the speech pathologist she works with!

 “Callie has been volunteering in the Roseville Rehab department for almost a year. She has been an AMAZING help during her time here. She is such a great, independent worker; she completed numerous projects to help within therapy sessions and around the clinic. She almost single-handedly developed a theme and activities for this year’s rehab week celebration. The decorations for rehab week received rave reviews from staff and patients alike. Callie is dedicated, cheerful, thorough, and an absolutely wonderful person with whom to work!” –Melanie G., SLP

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I am obsessed with yoga! It’s a great way to unwind from the day and get ready to start another! I also love traveling; I was able to spend a month in Europe over January, and it was incredible!”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “I have an adorable puppy, Oliver, who is a Morkie (Maltese + Yorkie)!”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “It would have chocolate, caramel, and coffee! Three of my favorites! And I think I would call it ‘Java Lava’.”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

   “I love being able to follow our patients through their therapy journey. Being able to help them through difficult areas and be able to reach their goals over time is incredibly rewarding, and is my favorite part about being a volunteer.”

 Thanks, Callie, for your commitment to the patients we serve!