Longtime CancerCare volunteer Robert Clay has been awarded the “National Cancer Survivor Day Award” by Metropolitan Hospital in New York City. The award is bestowed to cancer survivors who volunteer their time to help others in need of support.
“Mr. Clay,” as he is known to us at CancerCare, began volunteering at Metropolitan Hospital 20 years ago. It was there that he was referred to CancerCare, and began volunteering at our national office. Mr. Clay has volunteered his time across all of CancerCare’s departments, but has spent the bulk of his time assisting our education department, which presents free Connect Education Workshops on cancer-related topics.
“We are extremely grateful to Mr. Clay for the invaluable volunteer help he continues to provide us for well over 20 years. His commitment to the work is extraordinary,” says Carolyn Messner, DSW, Director of Education and Training. “CancerCare sincerely thanks Mr. Clay for his dedication to our mission, and we are all very proud of his accomplishments.”
“I’m honored to receive this award from Metropolitan Hospital,” says Mr. Clay, “and I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to keep volunteering with CancerCare. My doctors had told me I couldn’t work a 9-5 job [after my treatment], so volunteering with CancerCare is how I’ve stayed active all these years. It feels good to give back.”