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A Note Full of Thanks

As Executive Director of Caring House, I witness small acts of kindness every day. Whether it’s between staff, volunteers, or guests – the community that Caring House provides is one with open arms and a warm heart. Therefore, as I gather with my family this Thanksgiving and for our very first blog post, I’d like to share with you all that I’m thankful for:

  1. At Caring House, we are a family! Both our staff and our generous volunteers work cohesively to create a “home away from home” for Duke Cancer Institute patients and their caregivers. I’m so proud of this team and the compassion they share among each other and our guests.
  2. Caring House would NOT be here without the support of Duke University Health System, as well as many inspiring individuals and partnerships with local and regional organizations. I’m grateful for the support from this community and the continued dedication to our mission.
  3. I’m thankful for our guests who allow us to be a part of their journey and bring joy, fellowship and hope into the house. It’s a privilege to meet each and every one of you.
  4. Last, but not least I’m thankful for my family. They are the most cherished aspect of my life.

In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, I asked the rest of the Caring House staff what they are thankful for: 

Sasha: I’m thankful for the wonderfully supportive Durham community who continue to help us every year…and my dogs, Wally and Susie ☺

Kelly: I am thankful for my health and my family’s health and that we will all be together this Thanksgiving.

Sonal: This year I am thankful for the renovation of our home and our family vacation to Denver in September.

Oliver: This year I am thankful for my daughter’s green card, my American citizenship and my family’s good health. 

Kat: I am thankful for the continual support and loving kindness of my friends and family. 

Maegan: This year I am thankful for new friends, my mom and dad, and joining the Caring House team.  

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating all there is to be thankful for.


Sheridan van Wagenberg