Mary Pierce | Dec 1, 2016, 6 a.m.
RSVP volunteers helped Cancer Resource Centers reach nearly 500 patients last year! Sonny Meadows is an energetic, dynamic and delightful volunteer with an enthusiasm for her work that is infectious.
Volunteering four hours-a-week for over five years at the Cancer Resource Center at UW Medicine/ Valley Medical Center in Renton, Sonny is a vital link in connecting cancer patients to the information, resources and referrals they need.
Sonny stresses that “there are a whirlwind of issues that face a newly diagnosed patient.” In her volunteer role, there is no doubt that she is well-versed about the resources that can help the patient – as well as their family, friends and caregivers.
The Cancer Resource Center is located near the Infusion Center where treatments take place. Sonny notes that this proximity provides “easy access for patients to visit the Cancer Resource Center.”
In her volunteer role, Sonny says, “I go to the Infusion Center to visit with new patients, provide a gift pack, a general information folder and a Health Manager file to help keep track of records. If a patient is willing, I sit and talk with them.”
The opportunity to visit with patients and stay connected as they receive treatment fits in well with Sonny’s love of people and her innate skill in reaching out to those in times of need. She is a retired nurse with over 30 years of experience and finds this is where she is needed the most right now. Sonny sincerely believes that “if you have lived a blessed life, it is important to give back.”
If you would like to find a satisfying volunteer job and give back to your community, contact RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) of King County at 206-694-6786 or firstname.lastname@example.org.