MADISON (WKOW) Hospice Care's facility in Fitchburg has been open since 2006. Workers and volunteers provide care for more than 600 patients every day. But, some go above and beyond, to make the patients' lives that much more comfortable. Case in point, Amy Chazan. Elishah Oesch tells us why she's this month's Jefferson Award winner.
Water, sissors, and a big smile, Amy Chazan is always checking to make sure patients at Hospice Care are comfortable. She says, "How's that water?" Amy Chazan is a hair stylist through and through.
She says, "I've always loved to do hair. I was 8 years old and walking to my grandma's to put rollers in her hair."
Amy's life has always been about styling hair, but, only five years ago, she realized her purpose, through it. Volunteering at the salon at Hospice Care every Thursday.
She says, " I just thought it was a really wonderful idea." An idea that soon became a life changing event. Something Amy says, she needed. She's been through a lot. She says, "I've made it through a lot of personal obstacles."
Amy's past is colored with pain. From loosing a child to battling substance abuse, Amy's real life began when she realized that other's lives were ending. She says, "It's just amazing how somebody could be going through so much suffering inside and still have so much life in them." Amy knows that change doesn't happen overnight, but by giving back, she also knows the process of healing can begin.
She says, "I went from being a victim to being a survivor." And from that, to being someone who now helps others survive.
Hospice Care patient, Pete Lohr says, "She's always pleasant and does a tremendous job."
Pete Lohr, is one of the many patients, Amy sees every week. He says, her efforts make his life better. He says, "the experience has been terrific." The experience and the change in Amy is evident too.
Cost Cutters CEO Bill Kaminski says, "She just has her heart in it. She's been through a lot, so she knows what it's like to help people and be helped."
Amy says, "It's a very personal time in these people's lives, so I'm honored that they let us in." The patients are honored by her efforts as well.
Pete says, "I look forward to Thursdays," and so does Amy. She says, Thursdays give her the strength to keep going. She says, "In my business we shake a lot of hands every day... Here we hold hands."
For more information on Hospice Care and how you can get involved just go to http://www.hospicecareinc.com Hospice Care Inc is located at 5395 East Cheryl Parkway
Fitchburg, WI 53711-5395. Their number is (608) 276-4660.