I have lived in Colorado 18 years and Highlands Ranch eight years. A job transfer brought my family to Colorado and a life change brought me to Highlands Ranch. Children's Hospital was built about 6 1/2 years ago and was the right place for me to volunteer and make a difference in the community. The medical team is outstanding with incredible care for children. You know you are in the right place when you see those balloons.
I volunteer at Children's Hospital Colorado where there are many opportunities to make a difference. Children's Hospital works with your availability and has a variety of department needs. I volunteer in the emergency/urgent care area. I am also a member of Children's Hospital Colorado's South Metro Volunteer Chapter that works in the community and has a presence at many events with something for parents and kids. A favorite of mine is the Hometown Holiday tree lighting at Town Center.
I am also a candidate officer for U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Admissions, so I counsel and interview local candidates wanting to attend USNA and be naval or Marine Corps officers. I also volunteer for HRCA events, which is a lot of fun. You will see me at the Fourth of July parade, recycling events, theater and music events at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, kids' events like breakfast with Santa, and a favorite is the beer tasting in June.
The Emergency/Urgent Care (ED/UC) is where I can make a difference with every patient visit. The volunteer role is to provide comfort and compassion to complement the best medical care. You can find me doing anything “non-medical” — taking care of families, patients and the medical team. The volunteer provides comfort through beverages, warm blankets, encouragement and distraction when the most precious thing in their world is lying in the bed in our care. I wear a Fitbit to track my steps in the ED/UC, with busiest nights averaging over 2,000 steps per hour.
Receiving the volunteer of the year award is an honor and very humbling, as we have many outstanding volunteers at Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus. It reinforces that I am in the right place making a difference. The greatest reward is seeing that child and their parents smile, knowing their child is in the right place receiving the best medical care.
I grew up in the Navy. My dad was career Navy so we lived in very interesting places from Europe to Morocco, Washington, DC, Hawaii and more. My job relocations were coast to coast from Washington DC to San Francisco to Seattle to Denver, so I have been on the move my whole life. To live with diversity and an appreciation of other cultures is priceless. Teaching this to my boys so they follow their dreams … priceless. To make a difference in the lives of others … priceless.
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