Sharon Fransman CANSA Volunteer Loves to Encourage Survivors
Sharon Fransman responded to an advert in the local newspaper in 2012, calling for volunteers at CANSA Wellington.
“I immediately enrolled for the volunteer course and I believe it’s the best decision I ever made,” she says. “Often cancer Survivors are just looking for someone who is willing to listen. When you volunteer, you become one of the most important companions on their cancer journey.”
The most satisfying times as a volunteer is when I have visited cancer patients and can see the smile on their faces and the gratitude when I leave their homes.
The messages of encouragement, the prayers, the chats, warm handshakes, food parcels and the small gifts on their birthdays and at Christmas, make me feel as if I have changed their worlds forever.
I am also very grateful when I am in the position to offer a CANSA wheelchair, walking stick or any other medical equipment to one of the cancer patients I support. If the patients are happy it really leaves me with a warm feeling in my heart.