Wendy Schmitz, MD, HMD, FAAHPM, Earns Fellow Status from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Wendy Schmitz, MD, HMD, FAAHPM, of Dayton, Ohio, recently earned the designation Fellow of the…
In the midst of worry and uncertainty, one young woman has found a way to spread kindness in her community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grace Schaefer, a sophomore at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton, decided to make and write homemade cards to patients at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.
“I was looking for service projects to do while being at home due to COVID-19 and was brainstorming ideas with my mom,” said Schaefer. “She came up with the idea of writing cards for Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, and I thought it was a great idea. They took care of my grandpa when he was sick, which made me want to find a way to thank them.”
Schaefer designed the cards with a springtime theme and drew pictures of flowers. She also learned different calligraphy and writing techniques to include positive messages such as “Wishing you a spring as beautiful as you are” and “Sending you flowers and sunshine this spring.”
Schaefer sent the cards to remind patients that people are thinking about them and they are not alone during this time. “I wanted to do something for the patients to brighten their day,” she said. “I thought that making these cards would help the patients cope with not being able to see their family and friends.”
Additionally, Schaefer is involved in many activities at Chaminade Julienne High School. She is a varsity volleyball and lacrosse athlete, the sophomore class co-president, and an Eagle Ambassador. She also completes five hours of service per semester. “I had already completed my required service for the semester,” she said. But I wanted to do more, especially during this time of crisis.”
Schaefer said she enjoyed making and sending the cards to the patients and hopes to continue making them this summer.
For information on how to become a volunteer at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, call 937.256.9507, ext. 3314, or visit our website.