Kenzie Rigsby enjoys helping patients and being in a hospital setting as a volunteer candy striper at Blanchard Valley Hospital. In fact she wishes she was allowed to do it more than just one day per week.
The Liberty-Benton 9th-grader was drawn to medical volunteer work because she was born—at Blanchard Valley Hospital—with a heart condition called Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) that required surgery as a child. The same year as her heart surgery, her grandfather underwent a quadruple bypass. She hopes to one day become a cardiovascular surgeon.
Kenzie’s tasks include getting mail, delivering newspapers and bookmarks to patients, recharging pagers for the staff, and providing general help for the staff.
One volunteer job would be enough for most 15-year-olds, but Kenzie also recently joined the team at Armes Family Cancer Care Center, where her mother, Andrea Rigsby, is employed as a radiation therapist. When asked what she might say to prospective candy stripers, Kenzie advises, “Give it a try because it’s a nice reward to know that you got out of your comfort zone and have made a patient smile.”
For more information visit bvhealthsystem.org and type “candy striping” in the
search box, or call Heather Schalk at 419-423-5342.