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Volunteer Voice - Fall 2010

The Volunteer Gift Shops are on the receiving end of the help from many teen volunteers. To recognize this support, the annual scholarship awards from the gift shops helped 17 teen volunteers attend their choice of colleges in 2010.

These outstanding teen volunteers were awarded $2,500 scholarships to help support their education. While most of the teens plan to attend Texas colleges and universities, several are venturing outside the state as far as Tennessee.

“Volunteer Services enjoys being able to assist these young volunteers who have given so much of their time to MD Anderson,” says Susan French, executive director of the department. “We’ve worked with these teens for multiple years and truly appreciate the difference they’ve made in the lives of our patients and their families.”

Chaired by Caroline Sabin, a volunteer representative from The Junior League of Houston, Inc., the scholarship committee selected the following 2010 teen scholarship recipients:

  • Hongjing Cao - Dulles High School; attending Rice University; volunteered in the gift shops, the Patient/Family Center, the Coffee Cart and more.
  • Victoria Cheng – Kingwood High School; attending The University of Texas at Austin; volunteered for the Children’s Art Project, the Coffee Cart and the Jolly Trolley.
  • Catarina Delgado – Dawson High School; attending the University of Houston Honors College; volunteered on the Art Cart, in the gift shops and in the Research Medical Library.
  • Chaynce Figg – Pearland High School; attending The University of Texas at San Antonio; volunteered in the gift shops, on the Coffee Cart, as a cafeteria greeter and for the Children’s Art Project.
  • Khrystien Frelow – Cypress Ridge High School; attending Louisiana State University; volunteered year round in the Cyber Center, gift shops, Popcorn in the Park and as volunteer staff support.
  • Tahara Garrett – Carnegie Vanguard High School; attending Stephen F. Austin State University; volunteered in the gift shops and on the Coffee Cart.
  • Jasmin George – Kempner High School; attending Houston Baptist University; volunteered year round for almost three years in the gift shops.
  • Nevin George – Dawson High School; attending the University of Houston; volunteered year round on the Coffee Cart and continues as an evening volunteer.
  • Chloe Griffen – Bellaire High School; attending Grinnell College; volunteered year round on the Hat Cart and in the Beauty/Barber Shop.
  • Ebony Heard – Carver High School; attending Houston Baptist University; volunteered in the Beauty/Barber Shop and in the gift shops.
  • Farah Hoque – Elkins High School; attending Baylor University; volunteered year round in outpatient surgery, as a floor host and as volunteer staff support.
  • Stephanie Martinez – First Baptist Christian Academy; attending San Jacinto College – Central; volunteered in the gift shops and in the Canteen.
  • Shannon McPhillips – Stratford High School; attending the University of Tennessee; volunteered in the gift shops, as a clinic aide in the Diagnostic Center and in patient access in Cancer Prevention
  • Patrick Natividad – Dulles High School; attending the University of Houston; volunteered as a clinic aide in the Diagnostic, Lymphoma/Myeloma and Sarcoma Centers, as a floor host, in the gift shops and with Popcorn in the Park.
  • Vivek Sreeram – Bellaire High School; attending The University of Texas at Austin; volunteered year round in the Cyber Center, in the Diagnostic Imaging Center, as a book cart aide and other projects.
  • Dasha Tikhomirova – DeBakey High School; attending the University of Houston; volunteered year round as a floor host, in the Rose Garden, as volunteer staff support and as an entertainment volunteer.
  • Vanessa Vazquez – Galena Park High School; attending The University of Texas at Austin; volunteered on the Popcorn Cart, the Jolly Trolley and the Coffee Cart, in The Learning Center, the gift shops and in the Patient/Family Center.

The teens have all volunteered at MD Anderson for a minimum of two years and have each worked an average of 259 volunteer hours.

“It’s an outstanding year in that we’re honoring 17 devoted teen volunteers,” says Sandy Gomel, manager of sales and marketing for the gift shops. “Many of them have worked in the gift shops over the years and the proceeds they helped raise allowed the Department of Volunteer Services to increase our scholarship awards this year. The contributions these young volunteers make are a vital contribution to MD Anderson."


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