“Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.”
— Fred Rogers
Kids Health Heroes is an ongoing series that highlights a few of the incredible individuals and community partners who are stepping forward to keep Gillette strong and resilient throughout this public health emergency. We thank all of our donors for their generous support, and invite you to join them with your contribution today.
Inspired by Childhood Friendship
When we asked retired farmer Michael Owens why he decided to make his recent contribution to Gillette, his answer brought him back four decades into the past. As a teen, he had a friend with a spinal condition. Owens recalls being moved by the experience of visiting him at Gillette: “I was just in awe of the hospital. He was there quite a while and got fixed up fine and he was very happy with the outcome too. What impressed me, was how great all the people working there were and the patients were happy, with some of the most serious problems you could imagine. I will never forget that, you feel humble when you leave the hospital.”
Local Companies Protect Gillette Providers
Like every healthcare organization, Gillette is affected by the growing demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and respirators that help keep our staff and patients safe. Several companies, including Northern Tool and McGough, have stepped forward to donate vitally needed N95 respirators. Their generosity will help us continue to provide essential care safely. N95 mask donations are still needed, and we recently began accepting cloth masks to provide to patients and families.