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MercyFlight Receives Donation from Mount Mercy Academy Students

by cnewman

Mount Mercy Academy students, members of the school's "Academy of Science and Healthcare" in partnership with Catholic Health, sponsored a "Dress Down Day" to benefit Mercy Flight and the uniquely valuable ministry performed on behalf of the Western New York Community in times of greatest need.

Doug Baker and Sr. Sheila Marie Walsh, RSM, founders of Mercy Flight, were present to accept the gift on behalf of all the Mercy Flight staff who have shared their expertise with the students through first hand experiences at their airport headquarters.  The Academy of Science and Healthcare provides students with one-on-one mentoring experiences at Mercy Hospital in nine different departments as well as through field trips to such as Hauptman Woodward, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Moog Medical.

Pictured here: (top row) Principal Margaret Cuthbert Staszak '75; Candace Wagner, Coordinator for the Academy of Science & Healthcare; Academy of Science & Healthcare Juniors: Kelly Bojdak, Teeghan Gorham, Pamela Le, Madelyn Higgins, Erin Kelleher, Shannon Moran, Jordan Huss, Maura McMahon; Alex Ladowski, Coordinator of the Healthcare Career Club. (bottom row) Nancy Preskop, Recruitment and Program Coordinator of Catholic Health; Sister Sheila Walsh '56, Co-founder of MercyFlight and member of the Sisters of Mercy Leadership Team; Doug Baker, Co-founder of MercyFlight; Sister Mary Ann Schimscheiner RSM, Mercy Flight board member and Sister Mary Ellen Twist '60, President of Mount Mercy Academy.


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