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Lakeland Volunteer Wins Michigan’s Senior Citizen of the Year Award
May 23, 2019 Share

Marie Yeager Cancer Center volunteer Bob Cooley was recently recognized as Senior Citizen of the Year in the state of Michigan. Bob accepted the award Wednesday, May 15 on the Capitol lawn in Lansing during Older Michiganians Day celebrations.

Bob received a glass award, a check for $1,000, and a letter from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

As a Spectrum Health Lakeland volunteer, Bob assists patients, family members, visitors, and nursing staff. In 2011, he became one of the first volunteers at Marie Yeager Cancer Center where he volunteers three shifts a week, comforting patients with a smile and a listening ear and providing refreshments and blankets.

“We are so grateful for Bob and his dedication as a volunteer,” said Julie Elliott, Manager, Volunteers.

Cooley is also active serving meals at a soup kitchen, helping the Lions Club set up their annual car show, supporting a women’s shelter, and mowing lawns at public parks. He has also researched and created burial location directories for several cemeteries so that family members can find deceased loved ones’ burial locations.

Thank you, Bob, and congratulations!

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