A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Cleveland Clinic’s 27th Annual Children’s Gala. The village of doctors, patient advocates, nurses and community had selected my friend Maisie Nowlin, as one of this years two Courage Award recipients.
You see, over the last two years my friends Meg, Ryan and little Maisie have been in and out of Cleveland Children’s with a very rare disease called Aplastic Anemia. She has had one scare after the next, a bone marrow transplant and so many experimental drugs but all in all Maisie kept the faith, was supported by her CLE community and wore her heart on her sleeve. This girl is a fighter and we were there that evening to celebrate her and her entire loving family.
Cleveland Clinic Children’s is dedicated to medical, surgical and rehabilitative care of infants, children and adolescents. The staff uses the latest technology and most recent research to achieve the best possible outcomes. Children’s has more than 300 pediatric specialists who are leaders in research for cardiac care, neurological conditions, digestive diseases and other conditions. More than 80 of their staff are annually named as “Best Doctors” by their peers. Cleveland Clinic Children’s is consistently rated among the “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. I could go on and on…but to us, all that really mattered was that they helped our friends when they were at a loss for how to tackle such an ugly disease for their very sick daughter.
I am happy to tell everyone that Maisie is doing well. She currently is a typical tween who is into sparkly shoes, her friends and her brothers and sister. She and her parents accepted this award with grace and humility and we couldn’t have been more proud of them and the team at Cleveland Children’s.
Thank you Dr. Rabi Hanna for hosting us that evening and thank you to your team for pouring your knowledge, heart and soul into the health of our friend Maisie. You make us all want to reach for the stars, to do better, to give more and to really see the love and passion for all people. We know that the research you have conducted in order to impact lives of your patients like Maisie would not be capable without your research grants AND without the generosity of individuals and private donors. We hope that the funds we raised that evening will help impact hundreds of other little seven year old girls like Maisie.
In the spirit of working towards curing each child-patient at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital; I invite you to take time to read more about the exciting happenings (can we say new, kids-only building?!?!) and efforts at Children’s here. If you have would like to donate to furthering the research that Dr Hanna and all of the doctors at the Clinic are conducting we welcome you to make a gift here. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
Morning CLE! It’s another wintery 2-sock day here and this week looks like it’s gonna keep coming; a perfect weekend to hit the slopes for sure!
I wanted to take today to chat about our amazing West Side Market and the recent fire tragedy. It was crazy, because while we usually do shop there pretty regularly the weekend prior to the outbreak we had made a special shopping excursion to find the perfect cut’s of beef, the most fresh mushrooms and an adorable bag of fresh pearl onions (no frozen ones for me) to make my first attempt at Julia Child”s boeuf bourguignon. The entire weekend was focused on this one recipe and the market vendors really added to the romance of the entire experience. Needless to say how sad I was when I hear the news of the fire, as many of us were…speechless.
Last weekend for the super bowl we would normally head to the market for chicken, cheese, perhaps a few pizza bagels? What were we going to do to continue the support of these area vendors? (Cue finding business card from the previous weekend shopping trip from Fricakaccios in my market shopping bag)
We were having a few people over to watch the big game and so rather than order pizza from our usual suspects we decided to try out our favorite pizza bagel stand and head to Fairview Park for Fricakaccios. Not only do they make the best pizza bagels in town, the make all sorts of pizza’s, special to-go options, Italian sandwiches and more. I mean check out the pic I snapped of what was a CHEESBURGER PIZZA! Sounds sorta weird; I know, but honestly I tried it and it was as good as your favorite patty melt served atop of some pizza dough. Bonus, the people at this location were so kind they even carried my order out to the car!
When asked about their market location, a little sadness fell over the team, it broke my heart. I explained that we had searched them out to do our part at supporting them as part of our market community; it brought back their Ohio-proud smiles.
This week there are many opportunities that you can get involved with to support the market and all the tried and true vendors. From the fundraiser at Market Garden Brewery tomorrow night, to the local musicians that will be performing Saturday at the Five O’Clock in Lakewood. Find your own way to support those vendors who have been closed and without a paycheck during these cold Cleveland winter months. It’s the least we can do for our special place food memories are made. We HEART you West Side Market; get well soon.
(photo : amazing cheeseburger pizza, complete with pickles!)
With the onset of fall comes the arrival of fall not for profit “charity-fundraising season.” Post-summer vacations and pre-holiday season, this is the perfect time to scrape your extra change together and give back to the numerous not for profit organizations in the community.
Here are a just two of this weekends events you might not want to miss…
A Taste of Little Italy : Montessori School at Holy Rosary
I am taking a few holiday days off to visit with family and friends but I wanted to make sure to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy new year. Enjoy your time off with friends, eat lots of cookies, sip some nog and get lots of rest.
i heart cleveland
Saturday, December 12th, & Sunday, December 13th 2009
A yearly holiday shopping tradition, you won’t want to miss this years Bizarre Bizarre! From wacky indie crafts, to the unique art of area locals…it’s a great place to check off every gift on your list.
Dissatisfied with stencils of country ducks and painted wooden slices of watermelon, a hodge-podge of friends started the Bazaar Bizarre craft fair in Boston in 2001. years later this community based event is still growing in popularity and has now spread to Cleveland!
78th Street Studios: 1300 W. 78th St to 1305 W. 80th St., north parking lot, north entrance (behind the building) — accessible from W. 78th OR W 80th St. Noon to 9:00 pm, and Sunday December 13th from noon to 6:00 pm.