Contributed by Jennifer Hazard of Cute Potato
When communities work together to support one other, amazing things can happen. Such is the case with Schumacher Group—a healthcare staffing and hospital solutions company located in Lafayette, Louisiana. In early July, the company rallied around Brant Gamble, Vice President of Business Development, and his wife Melissa, who is cofounder of the GFPD. Brant and Melissa lost their six-year old daughter Ginny to PBS-ZSD in April of this year, and since then, the couple has continued to celebrate Ginny’s life through continued fundraising efforts.
To help, Schumacher Group organized a company-wide campaign to raise funds for the GFPD, which included three events at their corporate offices. The first of these included a butterfly release in Ginny’s honor, followed by a memorial walk. Teams of co-workers dressed in pink for Ginny (her favorite color) and gathered together to honor not only Ginny, but all PBD-ZSD families. “We were so touched by the outpouring of support from Schumacher Group employees as we all came together to remember Ginny,” said Brant. “I am humbled to be part of an organization that truly supports their own.”
In addition to the memorial walk, Schumacher Group employees were also given the option to wear jeans for the day for a $5 donation. And finally, the company also hosted a local blood drive in memory of Ginny. All totaled, the Schumacher Group raised over $5,000 for the GFPD!