Real People, Real Stories

Colon cancer survivor

Dr. Bob Boyd

Dr. Bob Boyd completed his treatment for colon cancer in 2002 and found himself wanting to assist others with their transition from a healthy lifestyle to re-gaining strength to fight cancer.

His need for a new focus, after over 30 years practicing obstetrics and gynecology, was fulfilled when he started volunteering with CanCare in October 2003. Boyd was fortunate to have support from his wife, his family, his faith and his friends. Yet, he was not aware of CanCare’s close one-on-one emotional support at the time of his own diagnosis. Boyd says, “CanCare is the best kept secret in town and shouldn’t be.”

“Doctors and nurses have time constrains and can’t sit and chat all day,” Boyd said. “CanCare volunteers have the creditability of surviving cancer and understand the situations a patient is experiencing.” He continues, “They can talk with you as long as you want and as often as you want, about whatever you want, with empathy and first-hand knowledge of how you feel about things.”

Boyd believes in “paying it forward,” the idea that when a good deed is done, there is no need to repay that individual. Since Boyd began volunteering, he has been paired with CanCare clients in various stages of treatment and recovery and he passes along these good deeds, daily.

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