Nags Head, NC - Nearing 40 in number, the volunteers are led by Hands of Hope Volunteer Coordinator Marie Neilson.

Hands of Hope is a collaborative community service of The Outer Banks Hospital and UNC Cancer Network. Hands of Hope provides cancer support from diagnosis to treatment and thereafter in areas that compliment other community resources.

As part of the volunteer appreciation luncheon, Neilson honored and thanked Linda Willey, who initiated the volunteer-based cancer support service.

“Your service is so greatly appreciated by the community,” remarked Neilson. “Without you and your enthusiasm to make a difference in cancer patients’ and families’ lives, we would not be able to do this wonderful work!”

The luncheon event marked more than one year of services to patients in the area.

The volunteer program was created in 2009 when Willey and Jean Sellers, the Administrative Director of the UNC Cancer Network , committed themselves to developing a program to ensure that no one walks the cancer journey alone. Their support and guidance for the program continue to this day.

To learn more about this program or to become a Hands of Hope volunteer, call Marie Neilson at 252-216-9400.

Photo cutline: Linda Willey (center) is honored for her contributions to cancer care on the Outer Banks. Willey is co-creator of the Hands of Hope program. Congratulating Willey on the occasion are (L-R) Todd Warlitner, The Outer Banks Hospital’s Vice-President of Business Operations, Marie Neilson, Hands of Hope Volunteer Coordinator, and Deb Jones UNC Nurse Navigator.