By Sharon Wisch-Ray
It was great to hear this week from Joanne Goldblatt, who shared some important information with us about the Ryan Goldblatt Foundation.
You may remember that back in 2009, we covered young Ryan’s battle with brain cancer. Sadly, Ryan lost that courageous fight on Sept. 15, 2010, at age 3. Joanne said that after Ryan died, she and her husband, Andy, discussed establishing a foundation in Ryan’s memory.
“First and foremost, we wanted to keep Ryan’s memory alive and make sure people remembered him,” Joanne writes. “Secondly, we wanted to raise money for pediatric cancer research and raise awareness of AT/RT (Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor, the brain cancer that took Ryan’s life). We also wanted to give back to all of the amazing charitable organizations and medical institutions that helped us so much during Ryan’s life.”
Now, almost two years in the making, the Ryan Goldblatt Foundation is coming to fruition, though the Goldblatts are still awaiting their final approval for 501(c)(3) status. If you visit the organization’s website (www.theryangoldblattfoundation.org), you will learn about Ryan’s moving story, told in Joanne’s own words, along with the foundation’s mission statement and the charitable causes it supports.
The RG Foundation’s first event will be a mah jongg tournament Oct. 28 at Ann and Nate Levine Academy. The inaugural Lois Goldblatt Mah Jongg Tournament benefiting The RG Foundation is named in memory of Ryan’s paternal grandmother, who unexpectedly died of heart disease four months after Ryan. All proceeds will benefit the RG Foundation.
I can’t imagine the devastating impact of the loss of a child; it’s unfathomable. Writes Joanne, “I have to say, working on getting the foundation up and running, designing the website and now organizing a mah jongg tournament has given me such a sense of purpose. I feel good about where I am in life and where I am in my grieving process, and I just feel so connected with Ryan lately. It’s a really good feeling.”
Stay tuned for more info in a future issue of the TJP on the Ryan Goldlbatt Foundation and the mah jongg tourney.
Kasten’s photos displayed prominently
Jerry Kasten, a proud member of the Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Dallas Post 256 of the Jewish War Veterans, recently had the honor of being a partial contributing photographer to The Korean War Exhibit held at the Korean Super H Shopping Mall in Carrollton.
Sponsored by News Korea, a Dallas Korean-language newspaper, the display consisted of photographs of the war (1950-1953) on loan from the Korean War Memorial Association in Washington and photographs taken after the war (1955-1956) by then-U.S. Army photographer Sgt. Jerry Kasten.
Prominently featured and hanging from the ceiling were huge enlargements of Jerry’s photos of Korean War orphans. Approximately one million Korean civilians died in the war, leaving many surviving children to be cared for by both South Korean orphanages and United Nations troops supporting them with food and supplies.
Said, Jerry “I could never have imagined the transformation that has taken place in that country in the last 59 years. July 27, 2012, is the 59th anniversary of the Truce Agreement. Since no peace treaty has ever been signed, the war has not officially ended and thousands of American military are still stationed in that land.”
JCRC ‘s Gorin named to Dallas Summit
Marlene Gorin, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, has been elected a member of the Dallas Summit.
The Dallas Summit is a Dallas-based organization comprised of up to 100 women, each of whom have to be nominated and elected into membership. Successful nominees must possess a background in exemplary leadership, vision and commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all within the Greater Dallas area and environs.
Legacy at Home picks account manager
Judy Kendler has been named account manager for The Legacy at Home, a home health agency offering skilled and private duty home health services.
“Judy has a deep background in the healthcare field and in sales,” said Michael Ellentuck, president of The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. “We are thrilled to have her as part of our team and are confident that she will help us continue to serve seniors throughout the Dallas Metroplex.”
Kendler joins The Legacy at Home from GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, where she worked for more than 13 years as executive sales representative in Chicago, then later executive sales representative and senior executive sales representative in Dallas.
Previously, she served as a renal transplant tech at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and as a clinical medical technologist at St. Francis Hospital of Evanston, Ill.
Kendler earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois.
Legacy at Home offers home health care, private duty services, and personal care services.
Home health care services provided by Legacy at Home include nursing services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social services, registered dietician services, and home health aide services.
Private duty services include private duty nurses who provide wound care, medication management, diabetic care and IV therapy, among other things. The services also include physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as respiratory therapy.
Personal care services provide certified nurses’ aides for assistance with activities of daily living, respite care, and companion services.
An opportunity to help people in need
The Community Services Foundation provides energy efficient air conditioning units to elderly, low-income and disabled homeowners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but it doesn’t have the necessary hands to install the window units.
Do you have time to help with this project? You will be trained in the installation, given the contact information, and you pick the time to suit your schedule.
For information, contact Mystee Womble at email@example.com or 817-861-5383.
News and Notes
Diane Benjamin was elected Republican precinct chair for Precinct 2021 in the runoff election July 31.
Save the date: The annual JCC Jewish film festival begins Sept. 6 and runs through Sept. 29. It’s a super opportunity to see 10 amazing films of Jewish interest.