UK HealthCare Page Liked · April 16·
This week is National Volunteer Week, and we are pleased to recognize some of our wonderful volunteers. Today we recognize Darrell Raikes – a volunteer in the Emergency Department who helps our geriatric patients. Darrell is a sepsis survivor who worked alongside state officials to pass a resolution recognizing September 2018 as Sepsis Awareness Month. Thank you, Darrell, for being a wonderful volunteer at UK HealthCare!
Volunteer Spotlight: Darrel RaikesDarrell Raikes is a ball of fire. With his dynamic energy and determination, you wouldn’t know he spent 20 days in the ICU after he developed sepsis from a routine knee replacement. To further complicate matters, his sepsis led to ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome). This experience left Darrell with lasting effects, but it didn’t diminish his drive.
Now Darrell is a tireless sepsis awareness advocate. He tours his home state of Kentucky speaking to schools and organizations about sepsis. Darrell and his wife, Sarah, connected Sepsis Alliance with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a nonprofit organization of young men and women who choose a charity every year to support. It’s because of Darrell that the FCCLA Kentucky chapter chose Sepsis Alliance and has already raised over $10,000 for the organization. Passionate and committed volunteers like Darrell are a major reason Sepsis Alliance is able to spread sepsis awareness and save lives.
Thank you for visiting my website. If I can ever help you or a loved one that has suffered from Sepsis or ARDS or just been in the ICU for an extended period please feel free to contact me. It always helps to talk to someone about your experiences.