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Anderson Network Hospitality Center Volunteers Recognized

Volunteer Voice - Summer 2007

Offering help, sharing hope — that’s what the Anderson Network Hospitality Center volunteers take on as part of their responsibilities in the two M. D. Anderson Hospitality Centers.

In addition, these volunteers offer listening ears, welcoming smiles, warm greetings to have a seat and rest a while — and coffee, juice and cookies, too. Both the Main Building and the Mays Clinic Hospitality Centers provide an inviting oasis staffed by cancer survivors and caregivers. In the busy centers, there’s always time for a little conversation, shared experiences and a comfortable place to read the paper or work on a puzzle.

Anderson Network volunteer Kent Roberts symbolizes the welcome that every Hospitality Center volunteer gives M. D. Anderson patients who stop by the center for a visit, a drink or just a rest from the daily grind of hospital visits.

The Anderson Network Hospitality Centers are manned by 50 dedicated volunteers. Like other Anderson Network members, they work to address the fear and uncertainty that cancer patients often feel. As one of many programs under the Network’s sheltering umbrella, these volunteers provide hands to hold and hope — always hope.

Volunteer Services recognized the Anderson Network Hospitality Center volunteers as the 2007 recipients of the Ainsworth Award. Named for Joseph T. Ainsworth, M.D., a former vice president for patient care at M. D. Anderson and an advocate of volunteers, the award is presented to a corporation, organization, group or individual who makes an extraordinary contribution to Volunteer Services.

We appreciate these special volunteers and thank them for their special brand of care and the empathy shown to the patients and caregivers they work with at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

© 2015 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center