Catawba Regional Hospice Volunteer Receives 2012 Carolinas Award

Catawba Regional Hospice is proud to announce that Ray Walker, a dedicated volunteer since 2007, has been named the winner of the Judith Lund Person Hospice Volunteer Award. This prestigious honor is presented annually to an extraordinary hospice volunteer in the Carolinas and is sponsored by the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care. Walker received the award at the organization’s 36th annual conference, hosted in Greenville, SC, from September 23-26, 2012.

Ray Walker (right) receives the award from David Stone of the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End-of-Life Care.

Ray Walker (right) receives the award from David Stone of the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End-of-Life Care.

Walker demonstrated unwavering commitment to his assigned patient for four years, visiting weekly, helping him physically move from one facility to another, shopping for a new television for the patient and coordinating its set-up and delivery, and making sure that he had other items as needed. Walker also arranged for the patient to visit his spouse at another facility, and he tracked the patient’s rehab and recovery following surgery. Even when life circumstances could have prevented him from his volunteer services, Walker gave of himself faithfully and wholeheartedly, including raising funds for Catawba Regional Hospice.

Kelly M. Tate, Director of Volunteer Services, spearheaded Walker’s nomination for the Judith Lund Person Award, noting his devotion to the hospice cause. “Mr. Walker’s character is replete with dedication, compassion, and service to others. He exemplifies what we believe to be an extraordinary volunteer.”

David Clarke, President and CEO, agreed, saying, “Mr. Walker’s joint volunteer and philanthropic efforts reflect an ongoing and outstanding commitment to the mission of our agency: To provide world-class, compassionate care by engaging all individuals and their families to enhance living. It has been, and continues to be, an honor to have Mr. Ray Walker as part of our volunteer family.”