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7Everyday Hero/Mary Lazinsky

March 20, 2008
You know hospitals rely on volunteers. In fact, most medical centers in town have as many as 300. But there’s one volunteer in Lafayette that the whole staff looks up to, and that person is this week’s 7 everyday hero. Mitch Jelniker has more. Is this a gift? Enthusiasm has a name at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center. It’s Mary Lazinsky. Mary volunteers at the hospital’s Prairie Winds gift shop. Anybody who walks in the door, it’s a smile, may I help you. And if you can keep up with her, you’ll find her helping everyone else in the hospital too. I have some coloring books to give to the children who have to wait with the patients. It fills me up, but I know it makes a difference. Mary’s efforts have earned her recognition from the White House. The badge on the left is the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The one on the right is the President’s Call to Service Award for more than 5,000 volunteer hours. It’s such a part of my life, mitch, that I could not see not doing it. She pays attention to the smallest detail. But it’s important to a patient or a family member that’s coming here that’s in pain or they have anxiety or stress. But I love when people come in and they need a little sympathy. A little bit of care. 00:32:43 See the video: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/video/11288427/index.html