David Blaydes never wanted to work with cancer patients. "I was scared of it," he says of the time he was asked to volunteer his planning expertise to patients with cancer and their families at Wellness House in Hinsdale, Ill.

"I got sucked in because these people are wonderful," says Blaydes, who's been volunteering at the nonprofit for 10 years. In that time, he has attended funerals often and sometimes become a surrogate family member for ailing patients and their loved ones. He has helped thousands of people.

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