Keeping the cookie tray full and the coffee hot are the responsibilities volunteer Ron Dahl lists --- but his smile is where patients say he truly shines.
In this month's Community Matters spotlight, Jennifer Thorgramson takes us to Trinity Cancer Care Center, where the best medicine is simply kind 'treatment.'
There's an emotional surge associated with Trinity Cancer Care Center.
Chances are, laughter was not the one you thought of first.
(Ron Dahl, Trinity Cancer Care Volunteer) "Sometimes just a smile, and offering a cup of coffee, and somebody to visit with, that's all it takes."
"We walked in and he was visiting with some other people here and all we heard was laughter and you know, it's really nice to walk into a place that is a serious place and hear laughter. You don't hear that all the time."
Cheryl has a healthy team in her corner.
Her sisters Marcy and Paulette join her each treatment and it was here she was introduced to the best medicine, and her new friend Ron.
(Ron Dahl, Trinity Cancer Care Volunteer) "Some people are a little nervous just getting started here. And if I can ease that a little bit, that's what I like to do."
"He just -"
"Brought me out of my shell."
Ron volunteers at Trinity Cancer Care 2-3 hours a day, five days a week.
(Ron Dahl, Trinity Cancer Care Volunteer) "I feel a little lost when I'm not able to come in here. It's not a job. It's a blessing for me to be here."
"He can comfort people so well because he's been through the experience."
(Ron Dahl, Trinity Cancer Care Volunteer) "I learned that there are probably others like me that could use someone to talk to, someone to visit with, to know that they're not alone in what they're going through. Often times that's all it takes. Knowing you're not alone."
"It's not just patients he's talking to. It's everybody."
(Ron Dahl, Trinity Cancer Care Volunteer) "The spouses, the brothers, the sisters, the neighbors that help others. They need a little assurance too that what they're doing is a nice thing."
"He's such a comfort to all the people. I've been here with her and watched him work and realized that a volunteer like that is very important."
(Ron Dahl, Trinity Cancer Care Volunteer) "And I think I have gained much more than I have given, in my own heart. It's always a blessing for me to come here."
A smile. A sister. And sometimes, laughter truly is the best medicine.
For Community Matters in Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.