Volume 12 Number 4, Winter 2005
R e g i o n a l H e a l t h N e w s f o r I l l i n o i s a n d I n d i a n a
“No big deal” is how 10-year-old Dalton Leitz describes what he did to help his
friend and classmate on December 17, 2004. Yet everyone else considers it a “very big
deal” and they have hailed him as a hero. This is especially true of the grateful parents
of the boy he saved!
The story begins as a class of fifth grade students who attend Sheldon Grade School
sat down to enjoy a special holiday lunch in the school cafeteria prior to dismissal for
their two-week Christmas vacation. On that day, the youngsters enjoyed the cafeteria
food much more than most days. After all it was a turkey dinner with all the
trimmings! Maybe what happened next was because the food was being so thoroughly
enjoyed or perhaps it was because the eager youngsters were busy
Area Youth Honored for Saving Friend
By Terri Fanning, IMH Director Volunteers/Marketing
After 14 years of service and many
milestones, Maggie Martin “retires” as the
Chair of the IMH Development Council.
Maggie has been the Chair of the IMH
Development Council since its inception.
What started out as “helping to get the
development program started” has turned
into 14 years of leading the IMH
Development Council. Maggie’s passion
for the IMH organization is evident in
everything she does. Through her leadership and volunteer
motivation, the IMH Development Council has spread the word
about Iroquois Memorial and the need for philanthropic support.
These efforts were more successful that anyone could imagine.
Over $4 million has been generously gifted from area residents
and businesses to support the growth of Iroquois Memorial.
Under Maggie’s leadership, the IMH Development Council raised
funds for the Outpatient Center completed in 1996 and the Patient
Elevator and Helipad project completed in 2000. Most recently, the
After more than
18 months of
IMH Surgery Center
project is nearly complete.
“It’s down to the finishing