It was a bittersweet moment at our Midland Hills Cancer Support Centre when Janebrook resident, Ray Belton, announced his retirement after 10 years of volunteering.
Having always wanted to give back to the cancer community, Ray was quick to apply for the Transport to Treatment driver role after retiring from work in 2007.
"There's quite a bit of cancer in my family. My mother passed away from breast cancer and my brother-in-law passed away from leukaemia, so I was very much aware of it growing up," Ray said.
Our Transport to Treatment service is run entirely by volunteers who dedicate their time to ferry cancer patients to and from their various appointments for treatment.
"It's been a very rewarding experience - I was reminded every day to not take good health for granted.
"The people that I met were just so brave - they were always so appreciative of the service and never complained, not even when they were really ill, and that's something that's stuck with me."
Our Midland Cancer Support Coordinator, Christina Line, presented Ray with a certificate, recognising his incredible contribution to the community and 10 years of dedication to Cancer Council WA.
"Clients often commented on Rays' sense of humour and warm personality which put them at ease when riding to treatment.
"He's an outstanding individual whose contribution has left a lasting effect on the cancer support community," Ms Line said.
If you're interested in volunteering for us, visit our volunteer vacancy page for more information.
For more information about cancer or our range of support services, please give our Cancer Nurses a call on 13 11 20.