Kevin O’Brien

Volunteer, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

After losing his wife to cancer in 2009, Kevin gained a unique understanding of what patients and families experience when they come to Smilow. So he volunteers his time now to help them.

Kevin volunteers at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. After losing his wife to cancer in 2009, he gained a unique understanding of what patients and families experience when they come to Smilow. Kevin says humbly, “I really get more from patients than our patients get from me,“ but his empathy and compassion enabled him to give an incredible gift to a young family during an extremely difficult time.

“I helped a father who had cancer write a story about his disease for his daughter,” Kevin shared. “On and off for eight months, I interviewed him. As we worked on the project, he went from being an outpatient to an inpatient. The day after we finished the story...he died. His wife and daughter now have the story he wanted to tell.”

Thank you, Kevin, for your service. Your kindness has the power to positively impact the lives of so many patients and their families. You are a true hospital hero!