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2018 Spirit of Mercy Donor Spotlight: Cheryl Sondall

Cheryl Sondall is a Phone Triage Registered Nurse who has served at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines for over two years. Her contributions support the areas that she cares about the most, including House of Mercy and Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics. “I try to support the things I believe in,” she said. “The…

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2018 Spirit of Mercy Donor Spotlight: Courtney Renshaw

Courtney Renshaw works as a billing trainer in the Physician Billing Office at Mercy Medical Center. A Mercy employee of 11 years, she was inspired to contribute to the 2018 Spirit of Mercy Campaign because she herself has been blessed by giving at Mercy. “I was helped a few years ago by the Employee Relief…

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Donor Spotlight: Norkaitis Family Charities

The Norkaitis Family Charities has held a deep, generational commitment to Mercy Medical Center, Mercy College of Health Sciences and House of Mercy. The late William and Josephine Norkaitis were committed to serving others; they always gave to those in need in the community long before they became successful through their hard work. Their generosity…

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Donor Spotlight: Dr. William Young

Radiologist William Young, M.D.’s impact on our community will be long remembered. His philanthropic imprint on Des Moines and specifically on Mercy is significant, transformative and meaningful. Dr. Young recently accepted a position at Huron Valley Radiology at Trinity Health in Michigan and moves there this fall with his family. Dr. Young made his first…

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Donor Spotlight: Teddy Beard

For some, a simple fleece blanket does not hold much value. However, for patients treated by the Palliative Care Team at Mercy, a simple fleece blanket means so much more. When we find ourselves suffering from illness or watch as a family member spends their last days with us, a loving hand or a kind…

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Donor Spotlight: Emily Eckman

For Emily Eckman, lending her time, talent and treasure to House of Mercy has become an integral part of her life and who she is as an individual. Eckman serves as Assistant Vice President of IT at Principal. She and her husband live on a small acreage in Des Moines and enjoy camping, gardening and…

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Donor Spotlight: Generosity Heals through William Semon Fund

Imagine for a moment that you or a loved one have been given a diagnosis of cancer.  In addition to managing cancer treatments, the expenses begin to build up from co-pays, gas or travel expenses, utility bills, medications, or the random bad luck of a flat tire or needed auto repair.  Through discussions with the…

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Donor Spotlight: The Andres Family Legacy of Giving

Sometimes, the best gifts are the ones that are the most heartfelt and inspiring. A few months ago, Mercy Foundation received two white envelopes from Dr. Matt Andres, Chief of Pathology at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines. The envelopes were filled with coins from his son, ten-year-old Connor Andres. Inside one of the envelopes…

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