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University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
Your Support Makes a Difference
Tim Schultz tells how the hospital became “a part of our family’s story”:
As two avid Hawkeye fans, Laura and I met at a University of Iowa Alumni football watch party here in Cleveland. When I proposed a year later, we immediately knew we had to get married on campus and that a Hawkeye football game and tailgate would be an integral part of our wedding weekend!
At the same time, the University of Iowa was building the new Stead Family Children’s Hospital that overlooks Kinnick Stadium, where the Iowa Hawkeye football team plays. Before the 2017 college football season began, news broke that the “Press Box,” a lounge on the 12th floor of the children’s hospital where the patients and their families can gather for breathtaking views of the stadium and the game, would open for the first home game. On social media, one Iowa fan suggested that the team and fans should think up something to do during the game to connect with and cheer up the children in the hospital, and just like that, “the wave” was born. The idea is so simple but so impactful: At the end of the first quarter, all 70,000 fans at Kinnick Stadium look up and wave to the children who are patients in the hospital.
The first-ever “wave” was on Sept. 2, 2017 — the day before our wedding. We are thrilled to have participated in the inaugural wave — the best tradition in all of college sports. It was a highlight of our wedding festivities, and the Stead Family Children’s Hospital is now a part of our family’s story. For us, the wave is a simple expression of one of our core values: that kindness costs nothing but means everything.
We are thrilled to support Stead Family Children’s Hospital, which is Iowa’s only children’s hospital and is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of children and families. Every Saturday, you will find us waving at the kids there at the end of the first quarter from our living room here in Cleveland as we proudly support our Iowa Hawkeyes!
From Stead Family Children’s Hospital: The ability to offer the best possible care for our pediatric patients and their families in a welcoming environment is due, in part, to our generous supporters. Thanks to gifts from individuals, organizations, and communities, we have been able to:
- Offer programs and services that enhance the emotional well-being of our patients and their families, making the hospital feel as comfortable and home-like as possible.
- Purchase advanced medical technology that can more easily diagnose or treat childhood conditions
- Expand and renovate our facilities to reflect our commitment to family-centered care.
GIRL SCOUTS OF NORTH EAST OHIO
Laura Schultz shares why supporting the Girl Scouts is a family tradition:
Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. It’s a tradition that has linked three generations of my family — my grandma was my mom’s Girl Scout leader, and my mom was my Girl Scout leader.
A lot of people think about Girl Scouts as cookies, camping and crafts. But for me, and so for many other girls and women out there, it is so much more: Girl Scouting is the preeminent leadership organization for girls. I grew up in a small town with few opportunities available to challenge myself or experience diversity. Through Girl Scouts, I was able to take a trip to India for a month when I was 16 years old, and it changed the trajectory of my life. The trip not only exposed me to a culture completely different from mine but it also gave me the confidence that I could do anything I set my mind to — from earning my law degree to performing a flute solo with an orchestra in front of hundreds of people to becoming an investment advisor representative.
I am proud to have been a Girl Scout for more than 30 years, as well as a Gold Award Girl Scout and Lifetime Member. I joined the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio to give back to the organization that has given me so much. GSNEO serves approximately 23,000 girls in grades K-12 and 12,000 adult members in 18 counties in Northeast Ohio.
Today, I’m inspired by how Girl Scouts has stayed true to its more than 100-year-old traditions but has also expanded its programming to accommodate the challenges facing today’s girls, by developing girls’ interests in everything from cybersecurity to democracy to robotics. Near and dear to our hearts here at Preservation Retirement Services is Girl Scouts’ focus on financial literacy and entrepreneurship for girls, which intersects with our mission to help women feel financially empowered and confident in their financial decision-making.
About Girl Scouts: One of the nation’s most respected leadership development organizations, Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership, success and adventure through a variety of activities, challenges and community-service projects.
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