(August 2021) - Terry Easterly is in his eighth year of treatment for esophageal cancer at Clearview Cancer Institute but it's not just during his treatment when you'll find Terry in the infusion area. Terry also serves as a volunteer at CCI's Decatur clinic. 

Read more: Volunteer Spotlight: Terry Easterly discovers passion for pottery after cancer diagnosis

(July 2021)- If you've seen Susan Beck volunteering at our main campus in Huntsville, it's likely her granddaughter Brenna wasn't too far behind. 

The two have walked through the front doors of Clearview Cancer Institute countless times for more than a decade as either a patient or a caregiver. 

When we spoke to the pair earlier this month, they said they knew they wanted to come back to Clearview's campus, but in a different way.

"It's just never been a sad place. It's always been a place of hope and healing and just family, after these years, it's family," Beck said.

Susan and Brenna now volunteer at Clearview one day a week, together.

"When we talked about volunteering down here, I actually made an inquiry if we could volunteer together. The coordinator said we're going to make that work. As soon as the volunteers were able to go back to the patients, she said, you know, bring your Brenna, and my Brenna and I have been together ever since," Beck said.

Susan explained that in their immediate family they've had four people diagnosed with cancer. Brenna added, "My mom, my grandpa, my aunt, and myself, we have a rare genetic disorder that predisposes us to getting cancer." 

Susan said they've been to major cancer centers, but there was nothing like the feeling of being back at home.

"You know, it was bad to have the genetic disorder but because of that it afforded the opportunity to go to these large cancer research centers, and it was great, it was a great opportunity, but there is nothing like coming home and the doctors are going to work with us. Whatever the outcome we know that we are not doing it by ourselves. It's a place of comfort, and I just know everything that's been done for us. I would like to pay it forward," Beck said. 

To learn more about volunteering at Clearview Cancer Institute, visit our website HERE

To watch our interview with Susan and Brenna, click HERE

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(July 2021)- Ozella Stewart may be the oldest volunteer at Clearview Cancer Institute's Decatur clinic, but she is by far the quickest. At 92 years old, Ozella has time to make coffee, prepare the snack cart, check on warm blankets, and even hug staff members, patients and caregivers along the way.

"I'm still very active and I'm still planning to work for a long, long time," Stewart said. 

Ozella said she felt a calling to volunteer after being a caregiver for a Clearview patient.

 

"I was a caregiver for this gentleman and we were in and out of here several times a week for something over five years. I would be here all day long and we didn't have a lot of volunteers at that time so I just started volunteering not officially, but just because I wanted to help," Stewart said. 

Now, Ozella has been a volunteer in an official capacity for six years, telling us she loves spending her Mondays at the Decatur clinic, "Oh, I love everything about it, especially how appreciative the patients are when you carry them a warm blanket or carry them a snack. They just seem so humble and appreciative of everything you do for them," she said. 

Ozella's advice to anyone that may be interested in volunteering?

"You just pet them, and give them a hug and make them as comfortable as you can. I say don't put it off if. If you feel like that's your calling to be a volunteer, go for it," she said. 

To learn more about volunteering at Clearview Cancer Institute, visit our website HERE

To watch our interview with Ozella, click HERE

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