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Acts of kindness are completely voluntary

Annual Report - Annual Report - Winter 2014

By Will Fitzgerald

They’re known as the heart of MD Anderson. The 1,200 volunteers in blue jackets are true warriors in the battle to eliminate cancer.

They provide support to patients and families, offering words of encouragement. They staff gift shops and welcome centers. They volunteer in clinics. And so much more.

Since the day MD Anderson opened its doors in 1941, the volunteer spirit has permeated the hospital’s culture. Volunteer Services formally was organized in 1954 when the hospital relocated to where it stands now. In the time since, the program has grown and diversified, always remaining focused on the patient.

“Last year, our volunteers provided more than 190,000 hours of service, which is equivalent to the work of 93 full-time employees,” says Susan French, executive director of Volunteer Services. “This support makes a substantial difference in the lives of our patients and caregivers.”

For those walking through the doors of MD Anderson, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, a volunteer will be waiting to help.

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