Spirit of Acadiana

Jun 4, 2013 1:04 PM by KATC

Spirit of Acadiana: LGMC gives to Moore tornado victims

Families take on all shapes and sizes. All members don't have to be blood relatives. Families can be linked by beliefs and occupations. So in today's "Spirit of Acadiana," we take a look at how one medical family--our own Lafayette General Medical Center--helped another--Moore, Oklahoma, Medical Center. And they did it using a simple t-shirt.

"So we did a t-shirt fundraiser," said Daryl Cetnar, community relations director for LGMC. "Lafayette General Health purchased 1,250 t-shirts, and our employees purchashed the t-shirts for $12. All of the proceeds--every penny of that $12--went to Moore Medical Center. And 1,250 times $12 is $15,000."

It is family helping family. And in this case, it's the medical family of Lafayette General Medical Center who decided the people of Moore, Oklahoma, would not have to rebuild their medical center by themselves. They wanted to do more for Moore, especially as reports of the devastation of may 20th struck home and struck LGMC employees at their very hearts.

"When you hear especially, too, that it wiped out the hospital . . . that, to me, was the worst part of it," said LGMC employee Zachary Landry. "Where do you go when the hospital has been wiped out, as well? It was pretty awful."

"We've been trained to understand that you have to be there when no one else is, in the medical profession," said Marisa Aleck, Journey to Excellence Champion at LGMC . "The fact that there was nowhere for them to even go--their citizens to go--made me awfully sad."

But the sadness turned into a need to do something; a need to spring into action. And Lafayette General turned to t-shirts: t-shirts with a message; t-shirts that sang of a need to help. Employees purchased the shirts, and man, did they purchase those shirts!

"We though we'd do the t-shirt idea," Cetnar said. "We though we'd order a couple hundred shirts, raise a couple thousand dollars, and we'd really pat ourselves on the back. The next thing we know, it was just overwhelming. People were buying t-shirts that are $12 (saying) 'Here's a twenty, keep the change.' 'Two t-shirts. Here's $100.' I mean, it was unbelievable."

Again, it goes back to family and community and citizenship. People helping people. LGMC making a difference.

"Being a not-for-profit community hospital, it's our to be a part of the community," Cetnar said. "And being part of the commuity is being a good citizen. And being a good citizen is helping others in their time of need."

--Scott Brazda



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