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Volunteers Give their Time, Talent and Heart

There’s a tenderness in care that is present in every volunteer, whether it’s their kind word, helping hand or generous heart, they help provide that “personal touch” for patients. The Cancer Center is so grateful to these compassionate individuals who are so selfless and willing to help advance our mission to lessen the burden of cancer. The kindness and support they provide is an important part of what makes the patient experience so unique and meaningful to all of our patients and their families.

As we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week we’d like to thank our amazing volunteers for all of their hard work and share their stories on how they became part of our Cancer Center family.

Helen Badeaux has been volunteering at the Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center for more than 20 years. When her daughter, Tonia, underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor at age four and again at age 17 she promised herself that one day she would volunteer to help give back.

“It may have taken me a couple of years to come back to the Cancer Center, but I knew in my heart that I wanted to contribute time to Mary Bird Perkins and help other families who are facing cancer.”

Jenny Conrad has been volunteering for over a year. After her husband, Jim, passed away from liver cancer in 2013, Jenny wanted to show her appreciation for Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and decided to volunteer by helping the administrative team.


“After Jim’s passing I didn’t want to sit at home and do nothing, I wanted a purpose and volunteering seemed like the perfect way to give back and help.”

Loney Grabert has volunteered at Mary Bird Perkins TGMC Cancer Center for the past three years. He and Patricia, his wife, retired early and spent seven years enjoying their time together before she passed away from cancer in 2009. After she passed, he began donating his time and started forming friendships with the people he serves.

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“While volunteering, I’ve run into a lot of friends getting cancer treatment. While I wish it were under different circumstances, it’s nice to run into them and reconnect.”

Mary Greathouse has volunteered at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Hammond for nine years. As a cancer survivor herself she understands the journey patients go through and wanted to help guide them. She enjoys spending time with patients and cultivating relationships with them.


“As a cancer survivor, I wanted to share the joy of life with other patients.”

Yvonne Seal has been volunteering at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington for over five years. Surviving cancer herself, she knows the emotional and physical toll that takes place while fighting cancer. She finds comfort in volunteering and wants to help those who are still facing their battle.

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“I’ve been through the pain and anxiety, but now is a time for healing.”

There are many ways to volunteer, whether it’s helping to plan an event, serving on a committee or spending the day with a patient, anyone can help make a difference. For more information on volunteering, please visit our website or contact Leslie McArdle at (225) 215 – 1230 or