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January 26, 2023

A KC CARE Volunteer’s Comeback Story

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Meggin Emert had a lengthy career in nursing in a variety of urban settings—from emergency departments to oncology units—including Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. Meggin chose to retire while her children were young, but about three years ago she decided to take a refresher course and return to the field. Meggin soon had her renewed credentials in-hand—when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and the COVID-19 pandemic reached Kansas City.

Fortunately, Meggin achieved remission by late 2020, just as vaccines became available. Meggin’s daughter had been volunteering at KC CARE, and Meggin decided to join her efforts to help vaccinate Kansas City. Before long, she was seeing patients at KC CARE’s Midtown location. Meggin is quick to praise her KC CARE colleagues, whether it is for a volunteer handbook developed by our medical assistants, or for providers who keep their cool in stressful situations and are always able to inspire laughter. “The patients and medical assistants are such an amazing part of the job,” she says. “Hardly a day goes by that I don’t learn something new. The MAs are top-notch, really kind, and patient. Everybody is. It’s really quite a special place, and it happened at absolutely the right time.”