Memorial volunteers take on many forms! Memorial employee, Michelle Hacker volunteers her time on Fridays to visit patients at North Star Lodge Cancer Center with her amazing therapy dog, Tootie. Tootie is a Shiba Inu, one of the world’s most ancient dog breeds. She is a registered therapy dog and was recently approved by the North Star Lodge medical staff to bring cheer and comfort to North Star patients each week. Here’s a story from Michelle and Tootie.
Every time I visit North Star Lodge with Tootie, we are welcomed by the friendly staff and wonderful patients. The patients call her by name now! Today when I asked one of Tootie’s regular patients how he was doing, he said, “Things are not looking good.” Silence engulfed us and we both looked down as we petted Tootie. After a thoughtful moment, the patient looked up with a big smile and watery eyes and said, “We talk about our Friday visit with Tootie all week long. Things are not looking good right now. Some days all we do is look forward to our next visit with Tootie. She gives us HOPE!”
Each year contributions are made to The Memorial Foundation to benefit the cancer care fund. These contributions support a wide variety of patient, family and caregiver needs at North Star Lodge, including support services, therapeutic programs, support groups and more. Consider donating today!