Peggy Moody, 81, first joined Duke in 1967, just 10 years after she married her beloved, David.
On Wednesday, Aug. 2, Peggy, a patient service associate at Duke Cancer Center, celebrated 50 years of dedicated service.
"This is my home," said Peggy, a broad smile crossing her face. "I love everyone who walks through that door — patient, caregiver, doctor, nurse or staff member — they're all my family."
Although Peggy has never been diagnosed with cancer, she knows its effects all too well. Her mother, Mildred Elliot, now deceased, was treated at Duke for bladder cancer. David, 91, also treated at Duke, has been battling prostate cancer since 1992. If that wasn't enough, in 2005 the couple's only child, Lynne, was diagnosed at Duke with breast cancer. While still in treatment, to the family's shock, she was also diagnosed with a brain tumor. Today, David lives with metastatic cancer with little hope of a cure.
"I can truly empathize with others whose family members are battling cancer," said Peggy, who works 19 hours a week at the front desk of the cancer center. "I'm here to make a difference. I'm here to help."
Over a period of five decades, much has changed at Duke since Peggy first signed on.
"I think the biggest change has been the introduction of computer technology, particularly the installation of the Metadata Systems," she remembered. "I was here for the launch. Now, that was a job. You won't ever forget that."
Peggy also cites the merger of the public and private clinics as being another significant milestone during her lengthy tenure. Peggy, who plans to be around for many more milestone events, is also quick to recognize her "besties" in the business.
"There are four individuals for whom I have the greatest regard," Peggy said. "People like Kevin Sowers, Carolyn Carpenter, Tina Piccirilli and Tracy Gosselin have made my work here meaningful and enjoyable. I love all four."
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