For over 20 years, Don Allen has been volunteering with Phoenix Children's Hospital. It’s the volunteer role that Don fills at the hospital that truly speaks to his character.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NCIU) of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital is reserved for some very special patients: premature infants needing advanced medical assitance. It’s here that Don has dedicated his time. Don not only comforts and soothes the babies, but also helps provide respite and support for their families.
In addition to volunteering in the NICU, Don has also helped by being a "hugger" which means he goes bedside to children in all areas of the hospital. Don brings a special feeling of comfort and happiness to all the patients and families he works with.
Lastly, Don has been a Volunteer CPR Instructor for over 20 years. He provides free CPR instruction to all interested volunteers at Phoenix Children's Hospital and has certified thousands of volunteers. This is important because being CPR certified allows volunteers to assist in many additional areas throughout the hospital and prevents them from having to pay for such instruction.
Don has a personal investment in his volunteer work, especially CPR Instruction because, he says, "It could be my life you save." He currently trains over 100 people a year. And by sharing his experiences, Don has recruited countless new Neonatal Intensive Care volunteers to care for the smallest of patients.
Don has completed over 2,500 hours of service. Now retired, he continues to volunteer each week.