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Local pre-teens dedicate birthdays to Madonna patients

June 04, 2019

Philip Stolarskyj just turned 8 and Macy Abel and Ella Mawson both just turned 12-years-old and instead of asking for gifts, both he and the girls asked their friends and family to make donations to Madonna’s pediatric units.

Philip’s grandfather was a patient at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Lincoln Campus. Philip enjoyed visiting his “Papa” so much so that he decided to give back in celebration of his 8th birthday!

Invitations were sent for his party but instead of birthday gifts, Phillip asked his friends and family to help him cheer on his Papa’s recovery at Madonna by donating gifts for all of the young patients in the pediatric unit. He included a list of items for his guests to choose from and proudly delivered the gifts personally.

Macy Abel enjoyed visiting her grandfather, Dwain Ohnoutka, while he was a recent patient at Madonna’s Lincoln Campus. She even named the assorted fish in one of Madonna’s aquariums during her many visits.

So when the her 12th birthday rolled around, the 6th grader at St. John Catholic School decided to pay it forward by asking friends attending her party to make a donation to Madonna rather than bringing her a gift.

Macy chose Madonna’s Pediatric Patient and Family Activity Fund as the recipient of her $150 in birthday gifts. The fund provides hospitalized children and teens with holiday theme parties, special activity and game nights, crafts and guest entertainers such as magicians, musicians and scientists. The activities are therapeutic in nature and provide an avenue for increased social interaction and family bonding.

When asked what Ella Mawson wanted for her 12th birthday, she gave anything but the typical sixth grade response. Instead, Ella’s answer spoke volumes about making a difference in the lives of others. She asked that family and friends give her a gift kids undergoing therapy at Madonna’s Omaha Campus would enjoy. Ella’s request was honored when she received dozens of gifts including crafts, games and puzzles for kids of all ages. Recently she dropped off the donated gifts to the Madonna Pediatric Unit.  “I just decided I didn’t need anything this year,” said Ella. “I’d rather give something to these kids to enjoy.”

Ella's mom Erin works as a nurse liaison for Madonna and says charity is among her daughter’s character traits. “She has wanted to do this for some time and she’s just amazing. She has a giving heart.”

Thank you, Philip, Macy and Ella, and all your friends for making holidays and every day a little brighter for pediatric patients at Madonna. We are all so inspired by your generous hearts!!

Looking for ways that your family can give back to others? Contact the Madonna Foundation and learn about ways to make a difference in the lives of patients. 

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