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Volunteer is Grateful to Share her Talent


Pianist Sue Scully performs each week for patients and visitors at the UAMS Cancer Institute.

Pianist Sue Scully performs each week for patients and visitors at the UAMS Cancer Institute.

This oil painting by pianist Sue Scully's son, Pat Matthews, hangs in the Cancer Institute's Patient Support Pavilion.

This oil painting by pianist Sue Scully's son, Pat Matthews, hangs in the Cancer Institute's Patient Support Pavilion.

 

April, 15, 2013 | It was her first day to volunteer playing the piano, and she was nervous. But when Sue Scully looked up and saw her son’s painting hanging on the wall, she knew she was where she belonged.

Scully had spent some time looking for a place to volunteer playing piano, so when a friend of hers told her about the opportunity to play at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, she called right away.

As she nervously sat down in the institute’s atrium that first day to play, she looked up and saw her son Pat Matthews’ painting, “Honor and Pride.” Matthews’ oil painting was purchased in 2009 by the Cancer Institute Auxiliary in appreciation of Ginger and I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., UAMS chancellor emeritus. 

“I thought to myself, ‘Oh my, this is really a sign.’ And it just inspired me so when I saw that,” Scully said.

Now that she’s been volunteering each Wednesday for several months, her nerves aren’t much of an issue. But she still loves to see her son’s work as she’s playing.

“I often look at it as I’m playing because it reminds me of watching him paint, which is inspiring in itself. And to know that my son’s work is up there is really special,” Scully said.

Scully is one of the volunteers who play at the Cancer Institute to help provide hope for patients going through challenging situations, though it’s more than just the patients who benefit from the soothing melodies. The Cancer Institute’s atrium is designed in such a way that tunes played on the first floor can be heard throughout the building.

And if you ask Scully, the opportunity to interact with patients, the building’s features and the institute’s Steinway grand piano all help make her time at the Cancer Institute so special.

“It really is a privilege for me to be here. I was so fortunate that someone told me about it and that I can do this, because it’s very meaningful,” Scully said. “It’s something that I love, and it’s close to my heart.”

If you would like to volunteer playing the piano or another instrument at the Cancer Institute, call the Department of Volunteer Services at (501) 686-8286.

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