Meet Our Donors
Joyce Willis' Bequest Helps Children, Creates Legacy
Glen and Joyce Willis had visited Akron Children’s their fair share of times with their own children. But when their grandson was born prematurely, their appreciation for the hospital grew. And when Joyce passed away in 2017, she chose to express her gratitude in a lasting way.
Giving Back to Grow a Community
Family first. It's the guidepost for the way Anton Lambos and his late wife, Olga, approached life. Together, the couple raised three sons in the tight-knit town of Massillon, Ohio, where they lived for 70 years.
A Gift of a Lifetime
When 91-year-old Dorothy Hirschman passed away in 2015, she ensured that the estate she shared with her late husband, Floyd, was in good order. The couple, who operated a dairy farm in Spencer Township in Medina County, gave their land to fellow farmers and made financial gifts to family members.
Doing His Part for the Burn Center
Jeff Sampson first visited Akron Children's Hospital in the third grade when he had his tonsils removed. That was 55 years ago. Since then, he has come to depend on the hospital's care and services.
Changing Lives and Giving Back
After 2 life-altering events, the Russ family shares an unbreakable bond with Akron Children’s Hospital. In 2005, Ron and Maureen Russ' newborn daughter Madison passed away from a brain malformation. Three years later, 6-month-old son Jack lost his life after a car accident.
A Heart for Giving
Growing up, Judi Frost learned the importance of giving back from her mother. "She was a dynamo," Judi laughed. "She loved kids and was just so giving. We didn't have much, but she still gave what she could, including her love as a foster mom. It was a great example for me."
Lessons in Giving
Sallie Tod Dutton has seen Akron Children's Hospital keep its promise to care for every child as they would their own. The great regard she has for that care is as important as the lessons in charitable giving that she learned from her parents, Fred and Nancy Tod.
Funding a Future for Teens
When Jim DeMarco established the Loretta DeMarco Adolescent Fund in memory of his daughter, he started what's become decades of giving to Akron Children's Hospital.
Building a Bright Future
"Westi and I had a strong belief and confidence in Akron Children's," says Dottie. "I want to help ensure that the hospital's vital community services continue for years to come."
Honoring a Longterm Partnership
When it comes to philanthropy, Fred Magoline, MD, has a fairly straightforward approach. "I support three areas of charitable giving: Akron Children's Hospital, my college and my medical school," he says. "I just love Akron Children's."
Keeping the Memory of Jack's Smile Alive
Jack Robert Donatelli first smiled at 5 weeks old and never stopped. He loved entertaining his audiences with pat-a-cake and funny faces; but more importantly, he brought his family much happiness and love.
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