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Volunteers honored at TMC event

Volunteer Voice - Fall 2012

Two dedicated volunteers were honored this spring at the annual Texas Medical Center Salute to Volunteers.

Katie Hailey

Volunteer Services recognized Katie Hailey, who came to know MD Anderson during her son’s treatment. After retiring from the City of Houston, Hailey became a volunteer to give back to an institution that had given so much to her.

On Mondays, Katie is assigned to the Ambulatory Treatment Center, where she brings patients refreshments and blankets as they wait for treatment. On Fridays, she’s in the Anderson Network Hospitality Center, offering support, conversation and refreshments to patients and their families.

Communicating with patients, especially those who are alone or far from home, is her goal. Since signing on as a volunteer in 2006, Hailey has accumulated more than 2,200 volunteer hours.

“Katie has a kind word, a compassionate heart and a loving hug for those who need it,” says her volunteer coordinator, Betty Griffith. “We’re so lucky to have her as a volunteer at MD Anderson. Katie is truly deserving of being named our representative to the TMC Salute to Volunteers.”

Debbie Armes with Richard
Wainerdi, Ph.D., long-time CEO
of the Texas Medical Center

Debbie Armes represented the Children’s Art Project (CAP) at the event. Debbie has worked as a microbiologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Program, and has volunteered with the Children’s Art Project at MD Anderson since 1998.

She is dedicated to helping the art project and works by staffing booths and tables at shows and events, pulling and packing customer orders, stuffing and mailing envelopes, archiving artwork, and even decorating the art project’s annual holiday tree at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Armes served on CAP’s Proceeds Allocation Committee from 2005 to 2008, and has accumulated more than 1,900 volunteer hours.

“Debbie is without a doubt one of the most invaluable volunteers I’ve ever worked with,” says LaTroy Jones, volunteer coordinator for the Children’s Art Project. “She always dedicates her time and efforts to CAP, and she radiates an aura of creativity, happiness and passion that inspires everyone around her. Debbie truly believes in CAP’s mission of making life better for children with cancer.”

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