Your Gifts at Work
As a not-for-profit hospital, Firelands acts as a safety net for our community. Philanthropy helps to solve healthcare problems and responds to needs in the communities we serve. Gifts and funds raised are used by the medical center to lessen the financial burden on families experiencing devastating illnesses, to provide preventive health outreach and education programs designed to address key health issues in the community and to purchase essential equipment.
Donations to The Foundation for Firelands Mammogram and Breast Cancer Fund help patients in a variety of ways. Some patients receive financial assistance when they cannot afford prescription medications, port placements, nutritional support and transportation. Others benefit from state-of-the-art equipment purchases, education and support groups. To learn about what donations mean to our patients and the physicians and staff who care for them, view this video.
Choose a link below to read stories about how you have a made a difference in the lives of your family, friends and neighbors.
Shelly Heston: "Every Day I Get Stronger"
When Shelly Heston is asked about the first week in October, she can’t tell you much about it – and with good reason, because she suffered cardiac arrest at home on October 2 and didn’t wake up until October 10. Shelly survived those eight days and the many since then, in part, because of the generosity of donors to The Foundation for Firelands Heart Fund, who provided Shelly with a life saving device called LifeVest™.
Read Shelly's full story.
Otto Kromer: "I Received Excellent Care Right Here"
It was October 28, 2016, and for Sandusky natives Bonnie and Otto Kromer, what began as a typical day on their family farm would change their lives forever.
No one will ever know how it happened, why it happened or even when it happened. All they know is that someone found Otto Kromer with his legs buckled underneath him, cold and unconscious. He had fallen ten feet from the top of his farm combine. The person who found him called 9-1-1 and soon Otto’s wife, Bonnie, was alerted to the fall.
“Thank goodness for the person who found him,” says Bonnie. “We don’t know how long he lay there, but I knew immediately that this was a very bad situation.”
Read Otto's full story.
Heart Center Waiting Room Renovation
Because of your generosity, The Firelands Regional Medical Center Heart Center now has two private, comfortable waiting room spaces for families of heart patients.
Read more about this project.
Kevin Kilgore: "Help is Always There"
Kevin Kilgore was the picture of health in the summer of 2016. He had changed his lifestyle completely, started going to the gym and eating healthily. He had lost 80 pounds and felt great. He never thought a discovery he would make while shaving one morning would completely change his life.
Read Kevin's full story.
Cayden Nelson: "I Can Jump Now!"
When you step into the gym at Firelands Regional Medical Center Children’s S.P.O.T, it is hard to keep up with Cayden Nelson. The five-year-old Fremont boy is running around the entire room, demonstrating his favorite ways he “plays” with his therapists for two hours each week. For anyone who doesn’t know, it is nearly impossible to perceive that Cayden was born with cerebral palsy.
Judy Klotz: "Just Keep Living"
In April of 2013, Judy and Rick had just returned home from giving their time to their family. They had been in Nashville, babysitting their grandson for the weekend. They had a trip to Germany booked in the coming weeks to see family living there, and Judy finally decided to get her sore throat checked by her physician after months of annoying pain.
Jennifer Wensink: "Staying at Firelands was a Relief"
When Jennifer Wensink experienced pre-term contractions at 33 weeks pregnant on June 1, she didn’t expect to be delivering her second baby the next day at Firelands Regional Medical Center. But, that is exactly what happened.