What area(s) do you volunteer? Cancer Center and JBC Gift Shop
Why did you choose to volunteer at Morristown-Hamblen? I signed up eight years ago for cuddle crew, to rock drug-dependent babies. The next day I was called and asked if I would consider working in the Cancer Center. My mother passed away from sinus cancer so I decided to give it a try in her memory. I found it to be very rewarding. Since then I became a cancer patient myself. Dr. Anderson and his team took excellent care of me and I am forever thankful. I feel that God placed me in the Cancer Center as part of my mission field.
Where are you from? Debra was born in Jefferson City, grew up in Morristown, and now resides in Talbott.
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why? My father, Howard Malone. He passed away when I was only 19 and I have so many things I would love to learn more about him.
What is your favorite food? Turtle Cheesecake
What is your favorite TV show or movie? I love medical shows, like the Resident and Chicago Med.
What is a random fact or talent about yourself? I grew up in a family of educators. My father was an elementary principal, my mother was a secretary at East High, and I was an elementary school teacher for 32 years.
What is your greatest accomplishment? My family. I have two grown children that are both nurse practitioners.
Would you choose a free trip or money? As much as I love to travel, I would choose money to help children with cancer.
What is your favorite childhood memory? I remember playing in the neighborhood until dark. We didn’t have to come in until the street lights came on. My best friend Janet and I rode our bicycles everywhere.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know our volunteer of the month. If you are interested in volunteering at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System like Debra, please visit www.morristownhamblen.com/volunteers.