For the 4th consecutive year, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at UH St. John Medical Center saw the Christmas spirit soar thanks to Constant Aviation, a Cleveland company that serves the airline industry with service and maintenance resources.
Led by Ellen Schwartz and Jack DiCello of Constant Aviation along with Laura Wheaton and Deanna Turns of the Seidman Center, patient families were treated to a Christmas party, dinner, and a generous outpouring of gifts donated by the employees of Constant Aviation.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to connect with others, touch patients hearts and the strength to share my experience by doing work that matters. The team at Constant Aviation is a true blessing and a company that should be modeled,” said Wheaton, doctor’s secretary at the center. “We show patients with children that even in a time of darkness such as their parents being ill, that there is still good that happens in the World.”
The Christmas party serves families and patients currently in active treatment at the center. Constant Aviation reached out to Seidman four years ago to initiate the program.
The result is a night of joy and fun as kids opened presents, the Olmsted Falls High chorus shared Christmas carols and a visit from Santa made things perfect for the holidays.
“I can’t tell you how much Adopt-A-Family means to the employees at Constant Aviation,” said Schwartz, Employee Engagement Specialist at Constant Aviation. “We look forward to it all year. Starting in November, the 21 leaders from across our Cleveland location met every Friday to discuss upcoming events/plans.
“From Chili Cook-Offs, Chipotle fundraisers, 50/50 raffles, drawings with prizes such as PTO days, Wheelbarrows full of alcohol, TVs, gift cards, etc., football squares, to Angel/Giving Trees – you name it – our team puts it together to bring in funds/donations to make the night possible.
“We end every year with a Gift Wrapping Party right before delivery day! This year our interior shop built a custom table for one of the families—in addition, we had technicians go out and fill their trucks with personal donations to the families.
“All in all, this program means the world to us here at Constant Aviation. Being a small part of something like last night is one reason (of many) that I absolutely love to work for Constant.”