Jerry Grey AKA “The Holy Tearer”Cancer Action’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year


Jerry Grey enjoys being with people! His keen sense of humor and warm welcoming personality makes him a person that people enjoy to be around! He is the current chairperson of Laura-Dell- Grinter Chapel service unit. He was co-chair, helping provide leadership to this dedicated group of volunteers since 2010 alongside longtime chair Betty Peet. Jerry volunteered to be the chairperson in 2018.

He knew the group existed as he had been a member of Grinter Chapel since 1959. However it was not until he retired in 2003, when Betty Peet made an announcement one Sunday that they needed more volunteers, that Jerry became involved. Jerry jokingly stated he attended the group one time to learn more information and has never left, and that has been 17 years ago! His positive attitude, good organization and hard work helps make this group a success!

Jerry’s nickname is “The Holy Tearer” because one of his primary jobs is to tear the sheets in strips for the other members. He prepares the bed pads and then members sew the pads. Jerry has been a volunteer since 2003 and has given over 1,500 hours of service to Cancer Action and those we serve. Jerry stated he continues to volunteer because he “likes helping others.” This is his way of helping people in a small way during a difficult time in their life.


Jerry has always lived in Wyandotte County Kansas. Jerry is very familiar with cancer and the effects the disease can have on a family. Jerry had three brothers and a twin sister. All of his siblings had cancer. He is the only sibling still living. Having been personally impacted by this disease is what drives him to keep giving his time and efforts to help other families who face the challenges that cancer brings to their lives.

Jerry and his wife, Sandra have been married for 57 years. He has two children, five grandchildren and a great-grand child on the way. Jerry spent his working career in construction. Using these skills, he helped build the addition on Grinter Chapel. Jerry has been a faithful member of his church for 60 years and currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also volunteers at Grinter Place Friends as the which is a historic home in Kansas City, Kansas. He has been President of this board for seven years. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, making such things as quilt racks and plant stands.

Jerry is described as humble, dedicated, faithful man with a great sense of humor. He always has a smile on his face and a great story to share. He is one of a handful of men who work in our service groups making items for Cancer Action. We are honored to name Jerry Grey as Cancer Action’s Volunteer of the Year for 2020.

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