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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – This week’s 50 People to Know is about one hospital volunteer on Long Island who credits a near death experience with motivating him to help bring a little humanity to people in need.

They call him, “Stan the Man.”

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He is 78-year-old Long Island hospital volunteer Stan Pitera, who specializes in spreading kindness and cheer at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn.

Pitera has a penchant for wearing bow ties and different colored sneakers. He’s all about making people smile.

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He tells Sean Adams he was moved to volunteer at the hospital after a near death experience there years ago.

His goal in life?

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“Trying to make people laugh,” he says.

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And to bring a bit of humanity into what can be a cold and sterile place.