Whitney Romine may have one of the best jobs at Akron Children’s Hospital as volunteer office coordinator for the Doggie Brigade, sponsored by Milk-bone.
She is also a supporter of the program, and Akron Children’s, through donations. She recently made a donation in memory of Roxie, her first therapy dog partner and in honor of CEO Emeritus Bill Considine’s 40th anniversary with the hospital.
Whitney first became involved with fundraising for Akron Children’s and the Doggie Brigade through Extra-Life, a non-profit that encourages gamers to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals while playing games.
The Doggie Brigade came to Akron Children’s 27 years ago. It was the second such program in the nation and the first at a pediatric hospital. Mr. Considine was instrumental in bringing the Doggie Brigade to Akron Children’s.
It is that commitment to children and doing whatever it takes to make the hospital such a welcoming place during stressful times that encourages Whitney to support the hospital. And she has seen that commitment in the hallways when Mr. Considine stops and talks to the volunteers, and it seems like he has known them forever.
Whitney saw that magic come through when she got to see Mr. Considine give a presentation for ComDoc, a supporter of Akron Children’s. That was the first time she really saw the culture of the hospital shine.
“It felt like you were seeing Akron Children’s as if it was a human being,” Whitney said.
We are celebrating Mr. Considine’s 40 years of leadership and looking to the next 40 years of life-changing medical innovation at Akron Children’s Hospital. Please join Whitney and other hospital family members in supporting the life-changing work at Akron Children’s Hospital by making a donation today in honor of Mr. Considine.