July 6, 2017 - Butter cookies and company: Fairhope survivor gives back
Three months after she finished cancer treatment for lymphoma, Carolyn Carey began volunteering at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.
“They saved my life,” said Carey. “I do it to give back.”
On July 5, the opening day of the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic, Carey was distributing cups of coffee and her homemade butter cookies to patients in the Infusion Suite. She stopped to visit briefly at each recliner.
“I love the patient contact,” said Carey, who visits the clinic each Wednesday. “It means a lot to me when I can talk to somebody and it makes a difference to them.”
Carey is one of four volunteers who are currently donating their time to provide snacks, pillows, blankets and words of encouragement to MCI patients as they receive chemotherapy treatments in Fairhope.
The new Kilborn Clinic opened July 5 next to the Baldwin County Satellite Courthouse and replaces MCI’s former location at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope. It is named for south Alabama attorney Vince Kilborn, who lost his father to pancreatic cancer.
The Kilborn Clinic is one of three MCI locations in south Alabama along with a research and treatment facility in Mobile and a treatment center at Monroe County Hospital in Monroeville.