Meet Izzy Baerlang

Izzy is a junior at Case Western Reserve studying nursing. She has been volunteering around the House since her Sophomore year.

Izzy remembers that she first learned about Transplant House because she passed it on her way to campus every day as a CWRU sophomore. Curious, she looked THoC up online.

“Immediately when I read the website and mission statement, I knew that the wealth of good being done was something that I wanted to be a part of,” Izzy recalls. “After speaking with Sarah Freedman, our volunteer coordinator, I felt welcomed and grateful to become a member of the Transplant House of Cleveland family.”

For Izzy, who came to Cleveland from California to attend Case and gain experience in the medical field at the “multitude of amazing hospitals surrounding the campus,” it is Transplant House’s atmosphere that she likes best.

“I love the kindness that fills the house each day. Being able to be a source of comfort and compassion for our guests is why I love volunteering so much.”

When she is not at Transplant House, or working as a nursing assistant at nearby UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Izzy loves to read, listen to music — “mostly Fleetwood Mac” — cook, and spend time with her family and friends. After she graduates, Izzy hopes to gain experience working as a pediatric nurse, apply to graduate school, and ultimately become a family nurse practitioner.

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