Natalie Mizer, National Honor Society (NHS) member and 2018 graduate of Lake High School, recently met with staff from Mercy Development Foundation and Mercy Medical Center to donate $873 to maternity services for use where most needed. With the continued support of Lake’s baseball team, Natalie helped expand an NHS fundraiser started last year by baseball player and Lake graduate Jonathan Harold, who had received care in Mercy’s Neonatal Special Care Nursery as a premature newborn.
A former Lake cheerleader and lacrosse player, Natalie organized paid parking, as well as a ceremonial first pitch, at three varsity baseball games. Those who threw first pitches included Natalie’s cousin Nathan, born prematurely at Mercy; Dan Harold, principal, Lake High School, and Jonathan Harold’s father; and Lake teacher Dave Hudson and his daughter Molly, also a Mercy premie.
Five other area high schools—Field High School, Lake Center Christian, Wadsworth High School, Perry High School, and Alliance High School—also contributed, bringing the total amount raised to about $1,100, doubling last year’s proceeds.
According to Jackie Wolf, Lake NHS advisor, students who want to be part of NHS must complete some type of service project, either individually or in a group. Every year, NHS students at Lake coordinate 25 to 50 local projects.
“We want students to serve locally so they can immediately see the impact of their efforts and meet the people who will benefit from it,” says Jackie. “Plans are already in process to continue this fundraiser at Lake during the 2018-2019 school year.”
“The nurses and physicians in maternity services are so grateful for the hard work of students like Natalie,” says Stacy Kovacs, MSN, FNE, RN, directory, Mercy Maternity Services. “Last year we used the funds to buy pediatric stethoscopes. We are in the process of evaluating how best to use this year’s donation and will announce our decision in the near future.”