I volunteer with the LLSC in Montreal by bringing crafts and donated breakfast goodies to the waiting room area in the oncology dept. at the Children’s Hospital. Chatting with the families over coffee and snacks (and sometimes a hug) helps the families pass the time and gives them the opportunity to share their stories if they want to, both with us and with each other. My first involvement with the LLSC was at Light the Night where I saw the candle in memory of my brother Eric, whom we lost to AML at the age of 18 in 1980. The LLSC contacted me to start my own Light the Night team, which I will this year, but my main interest was to volunteer face-to-face with families. I know from experience that families can feel so overwhelmed and that sometimes just talking can help a bit. I like meeting people, listening and trying (in this small way) to improve their day. When I return from volunteering, I think about the families, their stories and courage, and it somehow gives me strength and the feeling that it has indeed been a day well spent.