My everyday hero is Judy Rookey, social worker for the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at Deaconess Medical Center.
Judy gets to know families at the time their child is newly diagnosed with cancer as the social worker, and soon becomes their friend and confidant. One moment she may be rejoicing with a family that just heard that their child’s tumor is smaller, and then have to go into a room where someone else’s child is nearing death. Although this takes its toll on Judy, she never complains and is always there when needed. She comes to the hospital or goes to a patient’s home in the middle of the night when necessary.
In addition to Judy’s tremendous support of all our families, she is a constant support to the staff. I feel very blessed that I not only work with her, but call her friend. She is truly a hero to many.
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MEMO: If you would like to nominate someone as an Everyday Hero, write a short essay between 100 and 200 words telling us about your hero and send it to: Everyday Hero, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane WA 99210-1615.
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