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WakeMed Cary Hospital Volunteer Profiles

The following are profiles of a few spectacular individuals who volunteer at WakeMed Cary Hospital.

Allie Frear

As a little girl growing up in Pennsylvania, I worked on my family's dairy farm, sang competitively, and taught Sunday school at our church.  I lived in a small town, but I had big dreams of doing something that would help people and enable them to live better lives.

In high school, my interests veered toward nutrition and women's health. I attended the University of South Carolina, and in 2011, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and became a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). After moving to Cary, NC with my husband Ben, I became a Clinical Research Assistant with Wake Research Associates.

I joined WakeMed Cary Hospital as a volunteer in November 2011, and began working in the Women's Pavilion and Birthplace Postpartum Unit. Some of my responsibilities include delivering meals, assisting the nurse's aide and nursing staff, and filling in as a secretary.

Going to the hospital on Saturdays is the best part of my week, because I have the opportunity to work alongside some of the most incredible medical professionals I have ever met.

I'm also gaining experience that will help me reach my professional goals. But most importantly, I volunteer because I love people and I want to help them.

At WakeMed, I have the ability to make a difference in a patient's day by acting as a liaison between them, their nurse, and their doctor. Together, we get to coordinate and facilitate the best care possible for the patient. This combination of hard work, relationship building, and medical experience has me continually coming back for more.

Allie Frear

Chun-Hong Ho

I’m originally from Taiwan, but I moved to the United States to attend Iowa State University. After earning my graduate degree from Michigan State University in wood science and products, I worked with Georgia-Pacific Corporation as a process controller for 11 years. I’m now employed in the pharmaceuticals industry with Mallinckrodt in Raleigh.

My wife Eva works with IBM in Research Triangle Park, and both our daughters are students. One is about to complete her doctorate degree in Pharmacology next year at Emory University, and the other attends Enloe High School. I am very blessed to have three wonderful ladies who love me.

I began volunteering in the Pharmacy at WakeMed Cary Hospital because I have a passion for making our society better, especially on a local level. By offering my time and professional knowledge, I show my neighbors I care for them and their well-being. On the flip side, it’s wonderful being around WakeMed employees who are dedicated to helping and healing, and I’m inspired by them. Our community is very fortunate to have such a highly-esteemed health care facility and so many talented caregivers in our midst.

I believe volunteering is simply showing kindness to others without expecting anything in return. You don’t have to have a special talent or skill to be successful, just a willingness to serve.

We may never know the hardships people go through in life or the burdens they carry, but from my perspective, volunteering allows me to be a light in a sometimes dark world. And that’s a pretty good feeling.

Chun-Hong Ho