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John W. Scully Volunteer Program

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“It takes one to know one,” usually has negative connotations – except when it comes to helping cancer patients. The caring individuals in the John W. Scully Volunteer Program are cancer survivors or caregivers who have traveled the journey. Their support is invaluable.

“They’ve been through the experience, they know what it’s like and they really want to help and guide others through it," said Volunteer Coordinator Scott Duncan.

Bill Scully established the Volunteer Program to honor his brother, John, a loyal member of the IRMC Auxiliary who died from cancer in 2012.

Volunteers are an integral part of the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center providing comfort and care through visits with infusion and radiation patients, as well as spending time with inpatients staying on 5 North Oncology Wing.

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Giving and Receiving

Volunteers help to make patients feel as comfortable as possible. They open doors, transport wheelchair patients, deliver snacks, pillows and warm blankets. Some assist with administrative tasks, while others help in the McConnell Resource Library, serve High Tea, or represent the cancer cetner at community health fairs.

Healing Touches

Specailly trained volunteers and their four-legged counterparts generate smiles and welcome distractions as part of the Pet Therapy program.  Volunteers also soothe and relax patients with music therapy and aromatherapy, handing out oshibori hot towels infused with lemon, lavender or peppermint oils.

A Call for Volunteers

Those interested in volunteering may contact Scott Duncan at 772.567.4311, press 3, then enter ext. 3082 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

John W. Scully Volunteer Program

John Scully, Bill's brother and a loyal volunteer in the IRMC Auxiliary, lost his battle with cancer in 2012. The program named in his honor is staffed by former cancer patients and caregivers.


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