Cancer survivor aid hits home for many Duncan volunteers
DUNCAN Although businesses, groups and individuals are generous with monetary donations during Spirit of Survival to help support the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma, many others find they also thoroughly enjoy giving back to the centers and the community through volunteering.
Cookie McCullough and Pat Bowles are volunteers for the Taylor Le Norman/McCasland Cancer Center in Duncan for about 3 hours on Tuesdays.
McCullough said she does chemotherapy pick-ups, "Which means that we go from the cancer center over to the hospital pharmacy and pick up the chemo that has been mixed. We carry that in a safe container that has a spill kit in it. It's a plastic container with a handle."
These volunteers wear gloves and take precautions to ensure safety as they bring the chemo to nurses for administration to patients.
McCullough said she enjoys helping people and she wants to give back. That's what inspired her to volunteer.
"Any way that I can be of help to the staff and or the patients here, that's what I want to do," McCullough said. "I want to help. I also have been personally affected by cancer so I choose to volunteer at the cancer center."