Josh Sosebee, an 18-year-old senior at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, received the American Health Care Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award. AHCA honored Sosebee, along with other outstanding individuals in health care nationwide, at its annual convention in Phoenix, Ariz., on Oct. 6 – 9.
“It was a little overwhelming being in front of the several hundred people, but I enjoyed the ceremony instead of being nervous about it,” said Mr.
Sosebee. “This award means a lot to me as it gives me a sense of accomplishment.”
Mr. Sosebee has volunteered at Life Care Center of East Ridge for more than five years. Among his many contributions are creating the Canning for a Cause program, in which residents can vegetables, jams and other items to sell for charities; starting a men’s discussion program; and recruiting additional volunteers from among his friends and classmates.
The high school celebrated Mr. Sosebee’s award in a special way on Oct. 25, with an assembly in the gymnasium. Principal Terri Vandiver introduced Sosebee and his guests. Christian McDonald, activity director at Life Care Center of East Ridge, told the story of how Sosebee befriended one of the residents at the facility, and Ben Zani, executive director at the center, further detailed the impact Mr. Sosebee has made.
Life Care Centers of America President Beecher Hunter also spoke.
“The students, faculty and administrative staff of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School gave Josh a rousing show of pride in what he had done personally and for his representation of the school,” said Mr. Hunter. “It was good to see young people react so positively to the power of voluntarism, and that one of their own has made such a difference in the lives of the elderly.”
“I really like helping the residents and getting to do different things with them that I don’t normally do,” Mr. Sosebee shared.
Mr. Sosebee also won the Tennessee Health Care Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012.