Jane’s Journey to Volunteering at Children’s:
“Children’s Hospital- Minneapolis, has a special place in my heart. On December 11, 1987, my daughter Lauren was diagnosed with a very rare childhood cancer. She underwent aggressive chemotherapy, leaving her immune system quite fragile; unfortunately she developed heart failure twice during her medical journey.
Lauren’s cancer and the incredible staff involved in her care gave me strength, determination, and a unique perspective in encouraging others… I knew I had to give back. Five years after her diagnosis, I co-chaired the Cancer Kids benefit and started a support group with another childhood cancer mom. I loved those experiences, but felt the desire/need to be one on one with families.
That desire led me to volunteer at Children’s. I started in the hematology/oncology clinic, and most recently at the Welcome Center as a Greeter Guide. With my past experience, I feel I can easily identify a lost or stressed face, and offer my assistance.
Thinking back on my life, dealing with my daughter’s cancer, I felt I lived here at Children’s. They were very, very difficult times. I recall my memories here, and take what I learned to try and be a more compassionate, wise, and understanding volunteer. . I truly love every minute of my volunteer shift.”