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Cedar Valley Hospice volunteers recognized at state organization luncheon

November 25, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

Each year, the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa honors volunteers from hospice organizations across the state. The following volunteers were nominated by Cedar Valley Hospice and honored at a special luncheon held this fall in Altoona.

Sonja Wilhau Grundy Center Patient/Family Volunteer

Sonja has been a Cedar Valley Hospice volunteer since 2006. She provides direct care to patients and families by extending a helping hand, warm smile, great stories and a listening ear. She also serves on the Advisory Board and is always willing to help with fund-raising activities. Sonja has been a true inspiration.

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Pictured are three of Cedar Valley Hospice’s 2012 Honored Volunteers: Sonja Wilhau, Alice Hansen and Mary Jane Kane. Not pictured: Cindy Condon and Maxine Welcher.

Mary Jane Kane- Independence Patient/Family Volunteer

When Mary Jane's dad was dying she thought; "there had to be more than this" to help her dad, family and herself navigate through such a difficult time. Later she learned about hospice care and for 16 years she has been assisting patients and families to receive what she and her family needed.

Alice Hansen- Waverly Patient/Family Volunteer

Whether it is a gentle touch, a listening ear or a calm presence, Alice has served many families over the last 25 years.

Cindy Condon Waterloo Patient/Family Volunteer

"I think I can make a difference in someone's life;" that is the comment Cindy wrote on her volunteer application and she was right! Since completing training in April 2010 Cindy HAS made a difference! Her patience and understanding is refreshing to all those she comes in contact with.

Maxine Welcher - Cedar Valley Hospice Home Volunteer

A volunteer since October 2002; Maxine is a regular on the hospice home schedule and always fills in when able. She goes above and beyond; greeting clients and their families with a warm smile while being there for support at a difficult time in their lives.

Cedar Valley Hospice is a not-for-profit, multi-service agency, providing comprehensive palliative and end-of-life care to terminally ill individuals, support for patients' families, and services to those who grieve. Services through Cedar Valley Hospice are available to anyone suffering from any life-limiting illness, regardless of their age, diagnosis or ability to pay. Grief support is available to anyone in the community struggling with the death of a loved one and is offered free of charge. Cedar Valley Hospice serves Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Grundy, Tama, parts of Benton, Chickasaw, Delaware, Fayette, Hardin, Linn and Marshall counties.



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