Red-Vested Rockstar: Christopher Slaughter
Why he rocks: “I started volunteering because I wanted to serve and make people, specifically kids, smile – even if just for a second. I chose Children’s because I wanted to give back to the hospital after my daughter had surgery here, before she was 3. In a stressful situation, it helped to have someone there to talk to, even if they just listened.
In my daily life, I work in the Medical Device Field. I’ve worked mainly with devices that are in the vascular field, which could be anything from an introducer, a suture closure device, a steerable sheath, AF ablation catheters, stents and/or others. I recently started working with implantable devices which combines amazing engineering with medical knowledge. I love being able to help improve people’s quality of life.
Fun tidbit – I own all the Three Stooges videos and watch some of them everyday!”
Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering? “Spending time with my family, running and golfing. I have run for exercise the last 2 years but have never done a race. I thought why not go all in, so I’m planning on doing my first marathon this year!”
Do you have any kids or pets of your own? “I have a 9 year old daughter (Hayden) and a 7 year old son (Parker). We also have 2 family dogs (Lincoln – Black Labrador, and Lola – Boston Terrier)”
If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it? “You really can’t do anything better than something with Reese’s peanut butter in it. I would make a peanut butter ice cream sandwich that would have a PB cookie + PB ice cream (lots of Reese’s PB). Name: ‘Go Go Goober’.”
Share a favorite volunteer experience or story: “I’ve had many great experiences but I would have to say that my most memorable would have to be with one specific 2 year old girl. We were able to play multiple times, and I got her to do some big belly laughs. It always makes me so happy to hear kids laugh. She always had a smile on her face and how could that not be contagious (I try to make that part of my daily life).”