Foster Elementary School Read-a-thon Helps Supports St. Francis and Sick Children
Dec 31, 2018 | St. Francis News
St. Francis Medical Center was the recipient of 38 new copies of the children’s book The Jester Has Lost His Jingle and accompanying Pharley dolls from Foster Elementary School in Compton. As part of the school’s literacy and outreach program, “Reading Makes a Difference,” students held a read-a-thon to raise awareness for reading and sick children. Based on the number of books read, The Jester & Pharley Phund donated Jester books and dolls on behalf of Foster Elementary to organizations such as St. Francis that help sick children. The book was written and illustrated by David Saltzman, a young man diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 1989. David ultimately lost his life to the illness a year later, but he left a legacy through his story that teaches us that laughter can provide “the best tonic for anyone facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles.”
Roseann Gonzalez, VP, Strategy, Business and Physician Development, accepted the books and dolls at the school’s Pep Rally for Reading on December 10. She was moved by the motivation of the students to read books in support of others.
The donation of books, which are in English and Spanish, along with the dolls were given out as part of St. Francis Medical Center Foundation’s Toy Drive to children in our Emergency Department, Pediatrics Unit, and Children’s Counseling Center. We thank Foster Elementary and the Jester & Pharley Phund for their ongoing collaboration with our hospital and for helping sick children know that we remember them.
To learn more about The Jester Has Lost His Jingle, visit www.thejester.org