Nov. 7, 2017 | Sometimes two is better than one. That was the case this year when the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary named a duo as Volunteers of the Year.
Henry Noor and Len Tanner can be found at the Cancer Institute every Tuesday morning greeting patients, offering directions and distributing snacks. They were honored at the auxiliary’s volunteer appreciation luncheon held Oct. 19 at the home of Miguel Newberg.
“Henry and Len are outgoing, friendly and wonderful at interacting with the patients. They are often described as the Dynamic Duo, or sometimes, in jest, Double Trouble,” said Janie Lowe, director of the Cancer Institute Department of Volunteer Services and Auxiliary, which presents the annual award.
Tanner developed a connection with the Cancer Institute during his career as a pharmaceutical representative. Following his retirement in 2007, he returned to the institute as a volunteer.
Noor began volunteering the following year, also after his retirement. Soon afterward, the pair joined forces. About a decade later, both men have individually logged more than 2,000 volunteer hours.
“We are fortunate to have Henry and Len at the Cancer Institute. Their dedication and willingness to serve others is an inspiration,” Lowe said.
The Cancer Institute Auxiliary has about 500 members, more than half of whom volunteer on a regular basis in the waiting areas and gift shop or help with special events throughout the year.
Funds raised by the auxiliary are distributed as grants benefiting cancer patients at the Cancer Institute and in northwest Arkansas. Tara Smith is auxiliary president.