Moffitt Cancer Center Volunteers Making a Difference!
Published on 12 September 2016 in Business
Weathers is often the first face patients see as they arrive for surgery and he’s the person family members rely on to stay updated during a loved one’s operation. Weathers is one of 700 volunteers who give their time at Moffitt. He’s been a volunteer since 2010 and earned the title of Volunteer of the Year in 2015.
Weathers says, “Volunteering at Moffitt is special to me because I have a feel-good attitude when I leave. It inspires me because of the people I help. I see them and they’ll write me a note or they’ll send me a box of candy or cookies that they’ve made. I’ve gotten flowers. Because when they’re there for four or five, six hours it’s probably the most hectic time they’d ever spent in their life, waiting for the results of the operation and then to see if their loved one is going to be okay. So you’re there to help them and that’s inspirational.”
Weathers lost his father and several friends to cancer and feels volunteering at Moffitt is a way he can touch the lives of the patients. He has a lot of friends who volunteer with a variety of organizations to get out of the house for a few hours, but that’s not how Weathers views his volunteer duties at Moffitt. Instead, he looks forward to helping people and gaining inspiration from their strength.
Weathers jokes that he sometimes walks 2 ½ - 3 miles on the days he volunteers. “At the end of the day you get in your car and you start to leave and you say, ‘I’m tired.’ It’s a good tired, if there is such a thing,” Weathers explains. “But, you feel like you’ve done something very rewarding and that’s what it’s all about with me it’s to take care of the people there, the patients.”
Weathers estimates he’s touched hundreds of lives as a Moffitt volunteer. His motto is “never leave anyone in the dark” and he stands by it. He fondly recalls a woman who was waiting for her husband of 55 years to come out of surgery. He knew she was scared, so he gave her up to the minute information about her husband’s procedure and tried to help her relax until it was time for her to meet with the physician. He says, “she walked out of the conference room and said, ‘We did it, Malcolm.’ I said, ‘No, well I didn’t do it.’ And she said, ‘Yeah, you were part of the team. From the surgeons to the recovery nurse to pre-op nurses and you, you’re a good listener.’ And that’s what it’s all about at Moffitt, you want to be there when the people need you.”
Become a Moffitt Volunteer
Moffitt volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. Many have been touched in some way by cancer and have joined our team to help make a difference in the lives of others. One of the many benefits of volunteering at Moffitt is the satisfaction of knowing that you will be contributing to the prevention and cure of cancer. Join our team by visiting Moffitt.org/Volunteer or calling 813-745-2254.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.