Kiera Grady, a senior at Saint Joseph Academy and member of the swim team, put heart and soul into the planning of a lap-swimming event to benefit Transplant House of Cleveland. She successfully recruited her own teammates, plus all of the Saint Edward High School swimmers, and one swimmer from Magnificat! Together they sought sponsors of their Saturday afternoon athletic event and raised more than $1,600!
Kiera’s attraction to the Transplant House mission was immediate, and serendipitous. Kiera, who hopes to study urban planning, explains, “I was shadowing Debbie Berry, VP of Planning and Real Estate at University Circle, Inc. I sat in on a meeting between Ms. Berry and Trisha Brown, Facility Project Manager for Transplant House. I got so excited, hearing Ms. Brown talk about turning University Circle apartments into places for organ transplant patients and their families…I just had to help! Raising money for families’ post-transplant stay in Cleveland seemed like the thing to do.”
How fortunate the Transplant House families are, that Kiera acted on this impulse to support a mission and vision that stirred her emotions. We thank Kiera, her parents, all of the supporters, and of course the enthusiastic swimmers from Saint Joseph Academy, Saint Edward High School, and Magnificat High School! It was inspiring to see them doing what they know and are able to do, to benefit others.