Kudos | February 2018

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Band-Aid Brigade
When 12-year-old Rachel Boudeman was a toddler, she underwent surgery to remove a large tumor from her abdomen and pelvis. Although she was very young, she has two very distinct memories from that Christmas Eve surgery: picking out her very own colorful Band-Aid and receiving a giant Dora doll.

To ensure that other children at Northwestern Medicine Central
DuPage Hospital have the same uplifting experience, the Naperville resident and her mother Adri host an annual Band-Aid Bash—where guests are encouraged to bring boxes of fun Band-Aids and toys to donate to the hospital—and the party on December 17 was their biggest event yet, with over 100 guests.

The Band-Aids will resupply a big scrapbook that young patients are invited to flip through to choose their own Band-Aid after a procedure such as a blood draw, insulin shot or the removal of an IV.

Acts of Service
Students at All Saints Catholic Academy recently performed a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community projects included making 100 welcome baskets for transitional housing clients of 360 Youth Services and Bridge Communities and Valentine’s Day cards for clients of DuPage PADS, packing meals at Feed My Starving Children and facilitating games with residents of St. Patrick’s Residence.

Working Forward Award
Clark’s Car Care in Naperville has been awarded a national small-business award from Synchrony Financial, which includes a $10,000 grant for the award-winner’s charity of choice. Clark’s has chosen to donate the funds to Care for Cars, a DuPage County nonprofit that provides car repairs for low-income residents in order to conduct job searches or retain employment. Clark’s Car Care plans to utilize the award to support its technicians’ training program.

Nursing Scholarships
The Edward Foundation recently awarded $50,000 in nursing scholarships to 17 Edward Hospital and Linden Oaks Behavioral Health employees pursuing degrees or advanced degrees in nursing. The education awards include two $10,000 Peter Veit Nursing Scholarships, a $2,000 Agnes A. Book Memorial Nursing Scholarship and 14 $2,000 scholarships. Veit, who passed away in 2014 at age 86, created the scholarship fund in his name following the care he received from the Edward nursing staff. Book family members established the annual scholarship in memory of their mother, who was a nurse at Edward for more than 20 years.