Gift of Life Howie’s House is privileged and grateful to be selected as a 2015 Teva Community Partner in Pennsylvania.
Teva Pharmaceuticals is a global pharmaceutical company specializing in generic and specialty pharmaceuticals. Teva is committed to improving not only the healthcare of their consumers—approximately one out of every eight pharmaceutical prescriptions is filled with a Teva product—but to improving the health of the communities they serve. Through selected yearly community partnerships, Teva supports patient and caregiver focused organizations with a goal to improve overall healthcare around the globe.
The partnership opportunity was introduced by Teva Associate Manager and CSC Study Leader Charles “Chuck” Loshnowsky. Featured in the Howie’s House Spring 2015 Newsletter, Chuck and his wife Nicki have found that volunteering over the last ten years has helped them immensely on their journey towards healing after the loss of their son Collin in 2004. First volunteering with the Gift of Life Donor Program and more recently with the Howie’s House, the Loshnowskys choose to honor their son Collin with acts of compassion and generosity.
After being struck by a car, five-year-old Collin was taken from this world far too soon, but his incredible spirit is still felt as strongly as ever. Collin not only saved the lives of five people by donating his two kidneys, intestine, liver and heart, but his legacy, carried on through the kindness and selflessness of his family, has touched countless lives over the last decade. Collectively known as Team Captivated by Collin’s Smile, the Loshnowskys and friends have truly made an impact on the Gift of Life community. Regular Home Cook Hero and DASH participants, Team Captivated by Collin’s Smile has also hosted wish list drives and competed in the Transplant Games of America in memory of Collin.
This past November for Collin’s 10th “Angel-versary”, Nicki Loshnowsky created a special Facebook campaign in remembrance of her young son. “10 Random Acts of Kindness for Collin Loshnowsky” came to Nicki on one particularly difficult evening, giving her something positive to focus on and look forward to, an idea she firmly believes Collin planted in her head as his way to give her hope. Team Captivated by Collin’s Smile participated in the Howie’s House’s Home Cook Heroes program ten times before the end of 2014 as their official ten acts, though their kindness far exceeds that every visit they make to the Howie’s House.
The Home Cook Heroes program provides delicious, fully prepared and nutritious meals for Howie’s House guests to enjoy after long days spent at the hospital, bringing a great deal of relief to the transplant families who often do not have the time, resources or energy to cook themselves.
As community partners, Teva Pharmaceuticals will not only support the Howie’s House through a financial contribution, but their employees will also be volunteering regularly on-site, all thanks to the Loshnowskys’ introduction. Different departments within Teva will visit the Howie’s House during the year.
In another act of true generosity, on the 21st of May 2015, Gift of Life Howie’s House officially unveiled the vestibule, newly underwritten as a gift from Teva Pharmaceuticals in memory of Collin Loshnowsky. Serving as the main entrance to the Howie’s House, the vestibule will now welcome Howie’s House guests in the spirit of Collin, his infectious smile and his wonderful “belly laugh.”
Says Nicki, “[As a donor family] so much of our healing has been because of the positive effects we have witnessed first-hand through organ donation… as well as the many wonderful people we have met on this journey.”
Gift of Life Howie’s House is honored to be a part of the healing process for all of our families— transplant and donor—and are excited to welcome Teva Pharmaceuticals as a community partner. It is through community support and corporate sponsorship that Gift of Life Howie’s House is able to help brighten thousands of transplant patients and their families’ journey to wellness by providing a “home away from home” to all of our guests.