Former La Rabida Patient Donates First Paycheck to Hospital's Current Kids

Wednesday December 21st, 2016

20-year-old with cerebral palsy gives back

On December 20, young patients of La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago’s Jackson Park neighborhood received an incredible holiday gift from a very special supporter: A former patient, Lawrence Clark Jr.

After starting a job at his father’s automobile repair business during the holidays, Lawrence, 20, donated the entirety of his first-ever paycheck to patients of the hospital where he received care for most of his childhood. Lawrence, now a student at Prairie State, has cerebral palsy and received care at La Rabida on an inpatient and outpatient basis as a patient of Dr. Lisa Thornton. Along with his father, Lawrence Clark Sr., he recently visited La Rabida to donate two bags of toys and a check for $500.00.

DNAinfo Chicago covered the story here

Photo caption: Pictured, L to R: Lawrence's father, Lawrence Clark Sr.; Lawrence Clark Jr.; and Colleen Harper, Director of Developmental, Rehabilitative and Child Life Services at La Rabida