Donors Discover Many Ways to Help
Every year, thousands of people donate to National Jewish Health. Their donations, big and small, come from around the nation and are vital to the enduring excellence of National Jewish Health. Below are a few stories highlighting the extraordinary variety of donors and their gifts, and the experiences that inspired them to give.
Generations of Giving
Marc Magazine remembers being shocked when he first visited National Jewish Health as a teenager during a family road trip.
“I didn’t understand that people had trouble breathing,” Marc said. “It’s something that I had always taken for granted.”
Most people take breathing for granted. But unlike most, the Magazine family has stepped up to help those who cannot breathe well. Even though they do not suffer respiratory problems themselves, three generations of Magazines in Washington, New York, and Palm Desert have supported National Jewish Health for nearly 50 years.
Family patriarch Sheldon and his wife, Izetta, have attended and supported dozens of events and given generously, particularly to Morgridge Academy, where the gymnasium and swimming pool bear the Magazine name. Sheldon served on the Council of National Trustees. His son, Marc, currently serves as a Trustee. Marc and wife Cindi’s children, Justin and Rebecca, have upheld the family tradition. They are both involved in the AIR Society, a group of young professionals committed to raising funds for National Jewish Health. Justin has helped bring new life to the AIR Society’s Washington, DC, chapter, serving as chair of its 2010 and 2011 benefits.
Justin’s particular passion is for Morgridge Academy, where he volunteered while attending the University of Denver. “Once you see the hospital and the kids at Morgridge Academy, your heart melts,” Justin said. “I’m committed to National Jewish Health for the long haul.”
Just What Kids Need
After Henry Dobbs spent nearly two weeks in the National Jewish Health Pediatric Day Program getting help for his food allergies and eczema, his mother, Jolisa, knew what the perfect donation would be: footed pajamas.
Children with eczema undergo soak-and-seal therapy at National Jewish Health. They soak in a bath for 20 minutes, then apply medications and moisturizers, and put on damp clothes and dry clothing over that. They then wear that outfit for two hours.
Footed pajamas are a perfect top, dry layer of clothing, but many families do not come equipped for the two to three soak-and-seal treatments they receive each day. So Ms. Dobbs went to a warehouse, bought a whole case containing more than a thousand footed pajamas and donated them to National Jewish.
“Patients and their families loved those pajamas,” said Luann Stromer, Pediatric Practice Administrator. “It was such a thoughtful and practical gift. It helped hundreds of families.”
Jolisa and her son Henry continue to donate each year, heading to the toy store to find something children in the Pediatric Day Program can use and enjoy.
Care Inspires Products and Donations
Marcia O'Bryan came to National Jewish Health from California because she wanted “the best” care, and she got it.
“It was the best move I ever made,” said Marcia. “I feel so well taken care of there, better than any other place I have been.”
Marcia has mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), a form of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infection. National Jewish Health is the world’s leader in treating NTM.
In the process, Marcia developed a passion for helping other patients with her condition. She helped found a support group for NTM patients in the Los Angeles area, most of whose members have been treated at National Jewish Health. She also invented an innovative medical product to bring comfort to patients. NTM treatment often requires lengthy treatment with intravenous antibiotics. Many patients, including Marcia, have peripherally inserted central catheters in their arms, known as PICC lines. She came up with a fashionable way to hide the tubes that were inserted in her arm – a cover that she calls a “PICC-C.”
In addition to her charitable giving, Marcia has donated PICC-Cs to the gift shop on campus, with all the proceeds going back to National Jewish Health.