This month’s staff spotlight is on our chaplain, Tom David Siebert. ASK mom Venus perfectly expresses why Tom David is an invaluable member of the pediatric hem/onc psychosocial team at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
When I think of some of the difficult moments during our journey, I am reminded of the blessing of Father Tom David. Father Tom David is incredibly soft spoken, but equipped with a strength and calming presence that spoken or unspoken is reassuring.
I vividly remember the day I had to sit through another bone marrow biopsy anxiously waiting for the team to arrive to perform the procedure. I expressed to Father Tom David how much I didn’t want to be there and I remember him finding a chair to pull into the room to sit there with me shielded behind the curtain, sharing a word of encouragement and a quick prayer that helped to still my heart and thoughts.
Mireya was quite young during most of her active treatment, but she fondly remembers visits with Father Tom David. I along with many families are thankful for the importance of his call and his role on the ASK team. It was and continues to be a joy to see him (and his collection of bowties) visiting with families and children.