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Karmanos Cancer Institute seeks volunteers for Farmington Hills location


KCI volunteer Alice Lewis was recently featured in a C & G News article by staff writer Sherri Kolade.  

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is recruiting community volunteers interested in offering a smile and a friendly face to patients and their families at Lawrence and Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills.

“Receiving treatment for cancer can be a stressful situation,” said Laura Zubeck, R.N., who directs the volunteer program at Karmanos. “Being greeted by a knowledgeable, caring volunteer can mean the difference between a good day and a bad day for our patients.”

The ideal volunteer will be 18 or older and have excellent people skills, with the ability to empathize and anticipate patients’ needs. Tasks could include providing caring support in the outpatient areas, serving as a guide to different areas within the facility and offering refreshments or simply a listening ear.

The center is open Monday through Friday. Volunteers will be asked to choose from one of two shifts, either 8 a.m.– noon or noon – 4 p.m. Training will be provided and volunteers must pass a health screening that includes updated immunizations, as well as participate in a half-day orientation.

“We’ve found that some of our most compassionate volunteers are those whose lives have been touched by cancer,” said Zubeck. “They understand how difficult a cancer diagnosis can be.”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Karmanos’ Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center, please call 1-800-KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266) or email questions to

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