Volunteer Stories

Read stories from a few of the approximately 250 dedicated volunteers at The University of Kansas Hospital and The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

DealMarlene Deal

Marlene Deal has been volunteering at The University of Kansas Cancer Center-Lee’s Summit since the program launched more than two years ago. A cancer survivor and former patient, Deal advocated for a volunteer program and was the first one to sign up.

StalcupJean Stalcup

Jean has missed only a couple of days of volunteering during her tenure as a volunteer. She reserves Tuesdays for volunteering and has amassed an impressive 1,716 hours since she started. She is very giving and caring, and is devoted to the patients and families she serves.

ColemanMichael Coleman

In 2005 a gunshot wound left Michael paralyzed from the chest down, and he relies on a wheelchair to get around. Where some people would be full of resentment or self-pity, Michael is grateful for the treatment he received at our hospital. He volunteers at the Information Desk three days a week.

Pet Partners at The University of Kansas HospitalPet Partners

Nearly a dozen of The University of Kansas Hospital's 350 volunteers are true healers. The furry volunteers of Pet Partners lift patients' spirits by making things feel more like home.

Ralph LongRalph Long

Ralph Long embodies a noted quote by baseball great Satchel Paige: "Age is a question of mind over matter – if you don't mind, it don't matter."

Read Diane Klenke's volunteering story Diane Klenke

Ask Diane Klenke, a PathFinder at our main campus, why she volunteers at The University of Kansas Health System and she offers an array of interesting answers.

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