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Lee's Summit patient gives back by volunteering

Patient volunteers at Lee's Summit cancer centerMarlene Deal has volunteered at The University of Kansas Cancer Center – Lee’s Summit  for more than two years. In fact, she was the first one to sign up. As a cancer survivor and former patient, Deal had advocated for a volunteer program at the Lee’s Summit location.

“My experience with cancer and cancer treatment completely changed my perspective on life,” she said. “I really enjoyed visiting with the other patients while we were getting treatment, and I didn’t want to give that up when my treatment ended.”

Deal has strong connections to the Lee’s Summit cancer center. She finished her treatment there nearly four years ago, and her daughter, Kristin Balsman, worked there as an infusion nurse for many years. 

Deal even donated a special bell for one of the treatment areas so patients can ring it when they finish. She dedicated it to all those on a cancer journey.

“We have an amazing group of volunteers here,” said Mindy Swayne, practice manager. “Marlene does such a good job that I’ve asked her to train our new volunteers. That way everyone receives consistent training. Our patients and staff have come to rely on our volunteers. We’re so blessed to have them on our team.”

You can help cancer patients in your community. Learn more about our cancer center locations throughout the region and volunteer now.