Volunteer Stories

Learn how our wonderful volunteers make an impact on Duke patients and visitors.

Volunteers Transform Duke Children's Hospital for Valentine's Day

Parents of patients at Duke Children's Hospital received a special treat when volunteers transformed the hospital into a romantic night out for Valentine's Day. Read more about this heart warming story on Inside Edition.

Peter Luo, the violinist featured in this story, even rearranged his schedule on Valentine's Day to perform beautiful music for the evening. He is a Duke student volunteer in the Arts and Health at Duke University Hospital. The Arts and Health volunteers at Duke provide music for patients, visitors and staff in the public spaces of the hospital and hospital-based clinics.

Volunteer's Music Resonates With Patients and Staff

Volunteer musicians play a very important role in Volunteer Services' mission to serve Duke Health patients. Music can be a source of great comfort and strength for patients and their loved ones who experience tremendous amounts of stress.

Stefan Stanescu, a volunteer pianist in the Duke Cancer Center and Duke University Hospital, is a shining star throughout Duke Health. Stefan volunteered 280 hours of his time last year to play music for patients and staff. He plays classical, American, and Romanian folk music, as well as arrangements of music from the radio. And, he plans to continue volunteering regularly this year.
 
Stefan is making an impact that is impossible to measure – it truly reverberates, like his music, throughout the hospital.