Volunteer Spotlight: Hank Rowe

Group of volunteers

Fun Fact(s): Hank started his cross-country bike journey in March 2022. Before that, he has played an essential role in our Adaptive Tricycle program. We are so grateful for Hank’s dedication and support.

Art and Sienna

Art is no stranger to volunteering, he has donated hundreds of hours of volunteer service to different organizations, ranging from juvenile detention centers to assisted living centers. Upon hearing about the Children’s Clinics from a friend, he began volunteering with the Children’s Clinics in summer 2019.

Art does not work alone, he and his loving golden retriever, Sienna, donate a morning each week to spend time with patients, families, and the Children’s Clinics staff. At our clinic events, you will see them dressed to impress for our patients and families.

Sienna was rescued by Art from the Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue in 2018. Her calm and affectionate demeanor spreads joy to anyone who interacts with her.

Sienna’s favorite past times include ear pets and eating cheeseburgers.

Art’s favorite part about volunteering at the Children’s Clinics is the home-like feel and interacting with those who need a little joy in their day. Art and Sienna have an innate ability to make anyone smile. We are incredibly grateful for their service!


Carolyn & Snowflake

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Why I volunteer at Children’s Clinics

I love volunteering at Children’s Clinics. The staff and doctors treat me like I’m part of the team and I feel truly appreciated by the patients and families. Sometimes parents need to briefly escape the stress of being a parent of a child with special healthcare needs. Snowflake and I provide them with that relief. I think families also sometimes worry about being accepted. When I come to the clinic I don’t see the kids as patients with disabilities. I see them as children who are part of a loving, caring family. This clinic is a really unique place. My job is very special and I feel responsible for making sure the families, patients, and providers all feel supported.”

About Carolyn McKee and Snowflake

Carolyn has been a volunteer at Children’s Clinics for nearly five years, and she and her pet therapy partner, Snowflake, play an integral role in the clinic. Snowflake is just one of many of Carolyn’s rescued animals. “I help them get certified as therapy animals after they’ve survived really tough lives, and then I get to see them totally transform and find purpose and joy again,” says Carolyn, who has two other dogs and three cats. They go from neglected and alone, to being treated as important and valued.” Something many of the kids at Children’s Clinics might be able to relate with. “Snowflake is incredibly spoiled by all the treats that she gets from nurses in the clinic. The Clinic truly takes care of everyone that is a part of the Children’s Clinics family.”