Lee’s Friends was nominated by Kirkland Kelley, a Member in the Private Client Services practice group. Lee’s Friends is a support program for cancer patients and their families serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. Lee’s Friends helps provide basic needs for cancer patients and their families, including food and clothing, medical supplies, information, and even shelter.The organization’s many volunteers provide transportation to and from doctor appointments, hospitals, and oncology labs, all at no cost. What separates Lee’s Friends from other health-care support organizations, is their one-on-one emotional support from a trained volunteer from start to finish. Besides the practical day-to-day issues cancer patients face, the ordeal can be traumatic and isolating. Executive Director, Carol Olsen states, “Sometimes you can tell a complete stranger things that you won’t tell your family and friends, because a stranger won’t fall apart like they would. Sometimes you just need to talk about it. Someone to listen is a valuable thing. To make a difference in someone’s life is huge.” For more information, click here.