An interesting series of serendipitous events led William Orr to Cannon Memorial Hospital.

As a child, Orr desired to follow in his father’s footsteps by serving in the military and working with airplanes. After serving in the Navy for four years, his dream came true when he was hired as an aircraft fabricator and repairman for several large aircraft producing companies. Orr relished the opportunity and he proudly served in that capacity for 20 years.

Unfortunately, turbulence struck when he was suddenly laid off a few years ago. Not ready to retire, the seasoned aviation expert considered his options and decided on nursing, a field he developed a passion for as a teenager and continued to work in as a side hobby throughout his career.

In need of additional training, the Mitchell County resident enrolled in the nursing program at Mayland Community College. As the guardian for three children, he was pleased to learn that scholarship opportunities were available through Cannon Memorial Hospital’s Volunteer Scholarship Program. During his three years at Mayland Community College, Orr was the beneficiary of two scholarships from Cannon Volunteers totaling $1,500.

“I could not have finished the nursing program without the support of Cannon Memorial Hospital’s Volunteer Scholarship Program,” said Orr. “This gift, that they provide, makes it possible to fulfill God’s plans in my life and in the lives of others.”

The icing on the cake came at the end of 2016 when after receiving his associates degree in nursing, Orr was hired as a team member at Cannon Memorial Hospital. “More than a scholarship, in all reality Cannon Memorial Hospital gave me a fresh start on life,” he said.

In 2016, the Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteer Program raised more than $9,000 in their inaugural Paul Hagen Swing for Scholarships Golf Tournament at Linville Land Harbor. These funds will be dispersed throughout the year to assist other students pursuing degrees in the healthcare field.

The second annual Paul Hagen Swing for Scholarships Golf Tournament will be held on August 5, 2017 at Linville Land Harbor. For years, Paul Hagen has served as a volunteer and major supporter of Cannon Memorial Hospital. He currently serves as the chair of the scholarship committee and was a major contributor to the golf tournament last year.

For more information about the Paul Hagen Swing for Scholarships Golf Tournament or the Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteer Scholarship program, contact Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Volunteer and Career Pathways Director Sallie J. Woodring at 828-387-1445.