Letter From the President - July/August 2012
Many years ago, when I was a physical therapist, patients with spinal cord injuries were told that they’d never walk again. Imagine then how Kevin Oldt, featured in this issue of Sweet Charity, felt when he took his first steps in 10 years after a snowmobile accident severed his spine. Through the marvel of bionic technology, the Ekso Exoskeleton, Kevin took those first steps and many, many more. He comes three times a week to work out in the Ekso and inspires us all with his amazing progress and upbeat spirit.
You’ll read about how high tech and “high touch” here at Good Shepherd has helped bring Kevin to where he is today. He speaks with candor about the difficult road he’s traveled and how he now is filled with not only physical, but spiritual and emotional strength. He is giving back to Good Shepherd as a role model, showing what this wonderful technology can do, and has been very generous with his time, speaking to various groups as an advocate for Ekso and technology at Good Shepherd in a way that is powerful beyond words.
Kevin is one kind of donor. There are many other kinds of donors helping to support our mission and 450 of them came together on June 2 at our annual Gala in the Garden. I want to publicly thank our outstanding committee and the leadership of this year’s co-chairs, Jim and Gail Miller. This event raised more than $260,000 for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit. That money will be well used for programs and services that position us a leader in pediatric rehabilitation. I couldn’t be more proud.
I hope you’ll be as inspired by people like Kevin and all our Gala friends to make a gift yourself that will further strengthen what we do every day — help people with disabilities.
Visit us on the web at SweetCharityOnline.org to make a gift, read how your gifts and others are at work, view photo albums from the past and present, and see what “The Face of Philanthropy” is all about.
God bless you,
Sally Gammon, FACHE
President & CEO