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Using a Special Talent to Give Back

For retired consulting engineer Carl Graber, his special talent for handcrafting wooden toy trucks for his five grandchildren and neighbors has become more than just an enjoyable hobby. It’s a unique way through which he has been able to give back.

Mr. Graber, a long-time patient of Richard Ashley, MD, and Kevin Marzo, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Winthrop, is so appreciative of the world-class care that he’s received at Winthrop that he decided to use his talent to bring joy to pediatric patients. Over the past two years, Mr. Graber constructed and donated 50 hand-crafted wooden toy trucks, station wagons, vans and coupes for the Hospital’s Child Life Program. The trucks have provided countless hours of imaginative playtime for young patients visiting the Child Life Activity Center, while others have been fortunate to win the trucks as prizes and take them home.

In addition to collecting surplus materials from local construction projects, Mr. Graber cuts and drills the wood; as well as sands, paints and assembles all of the parts. While his efforts to put the trucks together are great, the reward is even greater. “The kids get a kick out of the trucks and they help bring a smile to their faces. It makes me feel so good to do something nice for them,” said Mr. Graber.
Vol. 20, No. 1
Winter/Spring 2010

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