Karen K. Harrison, Oral History Interview, May 28, 2012
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Major Topics Covered:
- Personal background; faith
- On volunteering at MD Anderson
- Stories of offering care to patients
- The Children’s Art Project; origin and evolution of; managing; promoting; projects; financial benefits to institution; commercialization
Chapter 01: Resolving to Become a Volunteer
Chapter 02: The Children’s Christmas Card Project
Chapter 03: Details about the Children’s Christmas Card Project
Chapter 04: Expanding the Children’s Christmas Card Project
Chapter 05: Creating an MD Anderson Annex to House Patients
Chapter 06: On the Children’s Christmas Card Project, Volunteers, and Faith
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Harrison, Karen K. and Rosolowski, Tacey A. PhD, "Karen K. Harrison, Oral History Interview, May 28, 2012" (2012). Interview Sessions. 133.
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About the Interview
About the Interview Subject:
Mrs. Karen K. Harrison (née Kromer, b. 27 June 1929, Shamrock, Texas) began to volunteer at MD Anderson in 1968. She became a paid employee of the institution in 1980, when she began managing the Children’s Art Project (originally called, The Children’s Christmas Card Project), an increasingly important revenue generator for the institution. In 1990 she was promoted to Assistant Director of Volunteer Services. She retired from that role in 1996 and took a hiatus from service to MD Anderson. In 2005, however, she began hosting patients in her home on an informal basis, a service she continues to provide to the institution.