Grateful Parents Leave a Legacy to La Rabida

An allergist once told Howard Alper his 18-year old daughter needed to live in a sterile environment to help determine the source of an illness that confined her to a wheelchair. Specialists had diagnosed Renee’s problem as rheumatoid arthritis, but no treatment had eased her pain or inability to walk.  After 10 weeks in a sterile environment without improvement in her condition, Renee’s parents sought help from Mayo Clinic where her condition was stabilized.  The Alpers were encouraged to select one of several hospitals to help manage Renee’s illness.

After a thorough review, Howard chose La Rabida Children's Hospital, in great part because of the research and reputation of Dr. Burton Grossman in the field of arthritis.
Under his care, Renee began to walk again.  That was more than 34 years ago.
Grateful for the care Renee received, Howard asked for an opportunity to give back to the hospital.  He underwrote a project and later accepted an invitation to join the hospital’s Board of Trustees.  He has been giving of his talents and treasures to La Rabida for decades since.
Frankie, Howard's wife of more than 27 years, also is a longtime supporter of La Rabida.  In 1986, she founded the Friends of La Rabida, one of the hospital's fundraising groups.  Together, Howard and Frankie have helped organize and support an annual fundraiser.

Their generosity to La Rabida will continue into the future with a legacy gift.  Howard funded a charitable trust with real estate. Howard and Frankie established a donor advised trust with the help of The Jewish Federation. Each year, they are able to support the charities of their choice while also providing the needs of their family.

For more on our supporters, read about Volunteer Matt Gelbin.

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