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TRINITY, N.C. -- Like every other resident at Graybrier Nursing Home, she has the same silver hair, doesn't get around all that fast and her health isn't great. But Royce Ann Harris doesn't live there, she volunteers there, multiple days each week and has done so for 22 years.

Sue Van Pelt, activities coordinator, says, "This is Harris's purpose. A handful of purpose will keep you going."

Harris, 76, helps the residents with bingo, crafts and mostly just wants to help them enjoy their days there.
"It makes me feel happy. Makes me feel like there's a reason I'm still alive just to come out there to be with them," she says.

Harris has lung problems and has a tough time breathing. She has wheeled around an oxygen tank 24/7 since she was 56 years old. 2012 was a particularly tough year for her health.

"I had a brain tumor. They cut me just below my spinal cord, all the way up to the top of my head. But I was fine," she said.

In 22 years, that time in the hospital is the only few weeks Harris has missed going to the nursing home and during those weeks, she sent her daughter instead.

Harris says she'll keep on volunteering there as long as she has her driver's license.

"Until they tell me I can't drive any more. Just got my license renewed, so I'm good for another five years at least."

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