Robert Friesen

Being there for others

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Robert Friesen unwavering commitment and compassionate nature have made a profound impact on the lives of cancer patients at the Jewish General Hospital. With a warm smile and a comforting presence, Robert goes above and beyond to provide much-needed support to those undergoing cancer treatment.

For Robert, volunteering at the Jewish General Hospital’s Radio Oncology Department is more than just a way to give back – it’s a personal calling. Having battled cancer himself, Robert understands the emotional and physical toll that the disease can take.

“I know what it’s like to sit in that chair and receive treatment,” he shares. “I want to be there for others, to offer a listening ear and a sense of camaraderie during their difficult journey.”

One of Robert’s most cherished roles as a volunteer is offering a simple gesture that can brighten a patient’s day – serving coffee and tea. But it’s not just about the beverages; it’s about the human connection he forges with each individual. “I believe in the power of small acts of kindness,” Robert explains. “A warm cup of coffee and a friendly conversation can make a world of difference to someone who is facing the challenges of cancer treatment.”

In addition to providing refreshments, Robert also lends a sympathetic ear to patients who may feel overwhelmed or simply need someone to talk to. “I’ve had patients open up to me about their fears, their hopes, and their struggles,” he says. “It’s a privilege to be trusted with their stories, and I always strive to offer comfort and understanding in return.”

What sets Robert apart as a volunteer is his ability to offer peer support based on his own experiences as a cancer survivor. He draws from his own journey to provide empathy and encouragement to those grappling with similar circumstances. “I can relate to what they are going through, and I hope that sharing my story can inspire them to stay strong and resilient,” he reflects. “It’s about showing them that there is hope and that they are not alone in this fight.”

Beyond his volunteer work, Robert leads an active lifestyle, finding joy in curling and traveling with his partner. These hobbies serve as a source of rejuvenation for him, allowing him to return to his volunteer duties with a renewed sense of purpose and positivity.

“Volunteering at the Jewish General Hospital has been a deeply rewarding experience for me. It has allowed me to connect with incredible individuals, share my own journey, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing cancer. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a beacon of hope and support for others during their time of need.”

Robert’s dedication and compassion exemplify the spirit of Hope and Cope, and we are immensely grateful for his invaluable contributions to our mission of providing holistic support to cancer patients and their loved ones. His selfless efforts serve as a shining example of the profound impact that volunteers can have on the well-being of others.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Robert Friesen and all our volunteers for their unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. Together, we continue to spread hope, kindness, and unwavering support in the face of adversity.

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