It began with baseball, then a curveball
“I became aware of hospice and the kindness and compassion that the doctors, nurses, hospice aides, and volunteers showered our friends with. It was inspiring. I made a mental note, thinking I might want to volunteer at some point, not knowing how soon that would be.”
Friendship opens up new purpose in volunteering
Treasure Coast Hospice’s kind, compassionate care for Brian's best friends inspired him.
Brian Logue enjoyed an active life. But he never expected that baseball would bring him to golf, and that he’d soon be learning a foreign language. As a Treasure Coast Hospice volunteer, Brian finds new purpose in life, and now he helps others connect with theirs.
“My hospice story began, oddly enough, at a baseball game,” he began. Brian and his wife moved to the area in 1989 and soon got spring training season tickets to the New York Mets.
“At the first game, we introduced ourselves to the people behind us. They were a married couple much older than us, but we had a lot in common and became best of friends,” he explained. “We tailgated and even started seeing each other outside of the ballgames.”
“My friend was an avid golfer and wanted to teach me. I spent many days on the course with him laughing and learning the game. It wasn’t too long after that his wife was diagnosed with cancer. It was very aggressive. Soon, she was on Treasure Coast Hospice care at home. My wife and I spent a lot of time trying to help out. She passed peacefully at home with her family and friends around her, thanks to hospice.”
This was the first time Brian became aware of Treasure Coast Hospice and the kindness and compassion that the doctors, nurses, hospice aides, and volunteers gave his friends.
“It was inspiring,” Brian said.
He made a mental note, thinking he might want to volunteer at some point. He didn’t realize how soon that would be.
“Life, not unlike baseball, threw my best friend a curveball,” Brian said. Shortly after his friend’s wife died, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and passed away in just a few months.
Brian stopped playing golf – and decided to call Treasure Coast Hospice to start his volunteer training. Treasure Coast Hospice works with new volunteers to ensure they’re ready for the roles that most interest them, whether they’re providing clerical office support or bedside emotional support.
Brian wanted to work with patients. His first assignment after training was visiting a patient from Puerto Rico who spoke fluent English, but also still spoke Spanish.
“At the time, I was trying to relearn the Spanish I had forgotten from high school,” Brian remembered. “On my first visit, he saw my copy of Spanish for Dummies and laughed.
“‘You don’t need that silly book – you have me!’ he admonished me.”
So part of Brian’s twice-weekly visits involved Spanish lessons.
“He had a purpose and seemed happy to help me,” Brian explained. While he was there as the volunteer, they were helping each other. “We became close friends, but that’s not unusual in this process. One day, he said, ‘Brian, I want you to know how much I appreciate your friendship, and I know I can always depend on you.’ Right there and then I knew I was doing exactly what I should be doing with my life.”
A few months later, the patient was gone.
“He died peacefully and with dignity, thanks to our dedicated nurses. Knowing that I was so appreciated by this man in the last chapter of his life has given me more than I can explain,” Brian shared.
“I would love to thank those two baseball fans we met all those years ago for steering my life toward volunteering with Treasure Coast Hospice. I think my old golfing buddy would be proud,” Brian said.
“But I don’t miss chasing that little white ball at all.”
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