Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Beading at the Cancer Center

Beading at the Cancer Center

I was asked to be a volunteer at the University Cancer Center. A small group of volunteer beaders set up supplies and beading stations in the lobby every Monday from 9 A.M. until 2 P.M. Anyone is welcome to come in, select from the vast trays of beads and stones and make a bracelet, necklace, earrings or anything and all at no cost.

The participants gather their beads, design their projects and and do the stringing and the volunteers help them with whatever they need...usually the finishing work of adding clasps or tying knots.

Most of our beaders are cancer survivors who are back for rechecks, people who have just had a treatment or family members who have brought patients to the clinic for Doctor visits or treatment.

Some of the people have trouble with their hands...lots of shaking...and need a lot of help.

You cannot imagine the pleasure these small treats give them. I get more hugs than I can count.  It livens up the day of the patients and the caregivers and the volunteers. I feel I am receiving far more than I'm giving every time I go.

No pictures, I'm afraid. There are privacy issues with the patients. I can tell you, though, that they all have big smiles.


  1. This sounds wonderful. Good for you.

  2. This is such an awesome way to volunteer. I hope to have the time to do the same someday.