Jodi Whitaker

Helping Others at Markey Cancer Center is Therapeutic Experience for UK HealthCare Volunteer

Published: Jan 29, 2013

 

See video

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To view a transcript, click here

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2013) — In 2009, Al Rodd spent more time than he would have liked at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., helping care for his wife of 48 years, Barbara Rodd, whose breast cancer had metastasized to several areas of her body, and who had been given only two years to live.

 

Today, just a little over a year after his wife's passing (she passed just short of that two-year mark), Rodd is turning that experience into a positive by volunteering at UK HealthCare's Markey Cancer Center — something he says he is proud to do in Barbara's memory.

 

"I just really love doing it," said Rodd who now makes Lexington his home. "I get up in the morning and I can't wait to get here."

 

Rodd is one of more than 500 volunteers at the UK HealthCare facilities who work hundreds of hours in five medical campus buildings performing numerous duties. As a "wayfinder," - he is one of about 20 volunteers dedicated to assisting patients and their families in finding their way around the medical campus.

 

Rodd began helping patients maneuver appointments, tests, procedures and other needs while with his wife at the cancer center in Florida where they went numerous times each week for nearly two years. As a frequent visitor, Rodd found himself familiar with the facility, and he often spent time helping other patients and families find what they needed.

 

"I got to know every nook and cranny at the hospital, and I got to know lots of other patients," Rodd said it. "I'm a good observer. I saw what patients needed and what made them feel better. I wasn't a volunteer there, but I found myself helping other people."

 

After Barbara's passing in November 2011, Rodd moved to Kentucky to live closer to one of his sons. Shortly after moving here, Rodd contacted the UK Chandler Hospital Volunteer Department.

 

"I told them I only wanted to volunteer at the cancer center," he said. "That was the only thing I wanted to do. I know what those patients and their families need and what they are going through. I want to help them.

 

"Every day I see people — especially new patients and their families — who are scared and have no idea where they are going. I explain to them how to park, how to take the shuttles to get here. I try to make it so it isn't overwhelming for them. I try to set their mind at ease."

Rodd volunteers two days each week, but even when he is not scheduled to be there volunteering, Rodd finds himself at Markey helping others.

 

"I usually come in every day and just spend a couple of hours there just because I like it," Rodd said. "I really, really want to help people."

 

There are numerous volunteer opportunities for people of all ages at the UK Chandler Hospital. Each area has its own specific tasks, but according to Rodd, each has its own reward. "If I can solve somebody's problem — if I can come up with the best solution for them that helps them — I love to do that. It's therapeutic for me," Rodd said.

 

In addition to wayfinding, volunteers work in several other areas throughout UK HealthCare, including flower and mail delivery, assisting family waiting rooms, and staffing one of three medical campus gift shops

 

Sherry Watts, a flower and mail delivery volunteer since June, said she enjoys interacting with hospital patients. "You get to meet people, and you're giving them something that makes them happy," Watts said. "It's fun and rewarding."

 

Bonnie Thornton, director of Volunteer Services, said her hope is that every hospital volunteer enjoys what they do as much as Rodd.

 

"We want people to enjoy what they are doing, and to leave feeling like they have helped make someone's day a little brighter," Thornton said. "We don't want people to just volunteer — we want people volunteer in situations that will be rewarding for them and for those they help. And sometimes, for those like Al Rodd who have had personal experiences, it becomes more about giving back and of honoring someone's memory."

 

For more information or to sign up to volunteer at UK HealthCare, call 859-323-6023 or email uk.volunteer@uky.edu.

 

 

al_desk_banner.jpg
File Downloads
November
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
College of Pharmacy Open House
Iron Pour
UK Women's Choir 20th Anniversary Concert
Adventure Hiking & Rappelling @ Red River Gorge
Pickin' Time Mountain Music and Harvest Day
Purposeful Retirement: Planning Your Next Stage of Life
Diwali Dhoom 2014
Sat
2
UK Percussion Ensemble
Day Hike
Curator Tour: Take My Word For It
Sun
3
Industry Career Week: Resumes and Cover Letters
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Morehead State
Mon
4
Industry Career Week: How to Impress Your Boss in 90 Days
Rock Star Professionalism Series
UK Lab Band
Tue
5
Industry Career Week: Networking and Job Search
Social Enterprise and Innovation / Certified Nonprofit Professional Program Informational Meeting
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Appalachian Forum with Dr. Fran Ansley
Dana Harper Gallery Reception
Wed
6
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Zona Sur
LNFS Presents: The Grand Budapest Hotel
UK Jazz Ensemble
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Abstract Workshop
Lauren Potter
Thu
7
LNFS Presents: V for Vendetta
Last Day to Withdraw or Reduce Course Load
Circle of Love Name Distribution
R.C. May Photography Lecture Series: Marvin Heiferman
Men's Soccer vs. Charlotte
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Georgia
Free Friday Evening Swing Dance
Fri
8
Kentucky Football vs. Georgia
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
The Power of Poetry
The Lexington Lowdown and Free Lindy Hop Workshop
Swing Dance Featuring Live music by"The Metrognomes Orchestra"
Sat
9
UK Combos Concert
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Missouri
Sun
10
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Mon
11
UK Sax Ensembles
Job Club - Interviewing Strategies
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Jose Abisambra Presentation on Current Alzheimer's Research
Women of the World: Judy Smith
Tue
12
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Reservoir Dogs
Refugee Life in America
#UKEDTALKS: International Opportunities for Education Majors
Leadership Assessment
Wed
13
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Iron Man 3
Chili and Pie Cook-Off Supper
#TrendingTopics: Vegetarians vs. Meat-Eaters
Campus Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics KY
LNFS Presents: La Demora
Thu
14
LNFS Presents: Pretty in Pink
LNFS Presents: Mean Girls
Fri
15
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
16
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Florida
Greek Cinematography: Critical Approach and Discussion
"Storied Streets" Documentary Showing about Experiences of Homelessness
Sun
17
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
UK Rep Bands Concert
College of Agriculture, Food & Environment 2014 Celebration of Land-Grant Research
Amanda Rogers, "Black Flags, ISIS 'Swag' & Jihadi Rap: Marketing Militancy after the Arab Spring"
Stories of Homelessness: Panel Discussion
Mon
18
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
A Positive Approach to Caregiving Conference
Education Abroad Open House
CatWatch Party
Appalachian Forum and Film Screening of "Up the Ridge"
Tue
19
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
LNFS Presents: The Princess and the Frog
Pinterest Party
International Games Day
Global Design with Phil Duncan
Caregiver Support Group
OXFAM Social Issues Banquet
Wed
20
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
LNFS Presents: The Big Lebowski
International Education Week Keynote Speaker: Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID
Tobacco-free Tailgate 5 Year Anniversary
Bollywood Night
Thu
21
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: Water For Elephants
4th Annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging & Dementia
Freedom from Fear: On Black Childhood and Other Dangers
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
MEAT.
Fri
22
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
23
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
UK Symphony Band and UK Concert Band
Sun
24
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Mon
25
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Job Club - What is your money habitude?
Multicultural Student Thanksgiving Dinner
Tue
26
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Wed
27
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Thu
28
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Fri
29
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Arkansas
Sat
30
 
Sun
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nov 26
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays 11/26/2014 - 11/29/2014

Wed, 11/26/2014

Repeats every week until Sat Nov 29 2014 except Sat Sep 20 2014, Sat Oct 18 2014.
Sat, 11/29/2014

Sat, 11/29/2014

Mon, 12/01/2014

Reset Page