Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sarah Call Gives Back to Wake Med and the MS Society

Sarah Call, Clinical Research Coordinator at PMG Research of Raleigh, showed her holiday spirit and put her Best Foot Forward by stepping up to fill in for the flautist who called in sick at the last minute for the Wake Med Hospital Holiday Music Concert.  The group was led by Sheila DeBastiani, a friend of PMG, who is involved with Wake Med's Clinical Trials Department.  Ira David Wood, III, Executive Director of Theatre in the Park in Raleigh, spoke at the event.  Check out Sarah in the video above!

Sarah volunteered her time with the Eastern North Carolina Multiple Sclerosis National Chapter this year.  Sarah shared her story of service with me and wanted to share it with you....

"My aunt has Multiple Sclerosis and I have volunteered for the past two years with the MS Scholarship Committee for the Eastern North Carolina MS National Chapter. For my community service day in 2011, I spent the day at the Chapter helping to complete patient surveys. The Eastern NC chapter has a unique program that individuals across the Eastern Carolinas can apply for financial aid for food, rent, utilities, and necessities. My role was to call anyone who had received financial aid and poll them on customer service and how user friendly the financial aid service was, and if the financial aid was able to alleviate their temporary financial troubles. The surveys had to be completed by the end of the year, and the MS Chapter had just lost their intern, so they definately needed the extra hand! One man that I spoke with, who's in a nursing home, was able to use the service to repair his wheelchair. The MS Chapter helped one woman from losing her home and another to buy clothes for her children for school. I learned that people are so grateful for even the smallest amount.  Everyone I spoke to was so grateful. It was exciting to see another corporation using the 'Best Foot Forward' policies and then going back to ensure that their customer service was up to par. Thank you for the opportunity to spend a day at the National MS Chapter!"

Great job Sarah on contributing your time and talents, and putting your Best Foot Forward to such a great cause!

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