PAA Cares was initially founded in February 2021 by four of our team members, who have helped guide the program as it has grown over the past two years. We’re proud to have such skilled, caring, and passionate people at the helm of the program:
• Dr. Gital Patel
• Ben Boerner
• Lisa Cook
• Kayla Gallagher
However, PAA Cares is more than just these four leaders. All of our team members get input on the charities we support through this program, and we always encourage them to reach out, highlight new community partners, and help us find the best ways to distribute the funds provided by the PAA Cares program.
Since it was founded more than two years ago, PAA has donated more than $2,000 to a variety of different charities and nonprofits, both locally and nationally These organizations have a wide variety of missions, from helping with homelessness to mental health advocacy, rare disease research, and more. We’re proud to have donated to every single one of them:
• Refuge International
• Heart of Ohio Homeless Shelter
• Nicole’s 28th Chapter
• Johnson-Rudd Community Food Pantry
• Columbus Urban League
• The Little Hercules Foundation
• Standing Up To POTS
• Ronald Mcdonald House of Central Ohio
• Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
• The Columbus Humane Society
• The Lung Cancer Research Foundation
• FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education)
• True Colors United
• COPD Foundation
• American Lung Association
• Marisa's Mascots
When I was in high school, I was your typical overachiever. I was told I needed to have volunteer experience for my college application if I wanted to get into medical school.
So I took it upon myself to find these volunteer opportunities so I could get into a good college. Back then, there weren’t emails or texts. I had to call each and every place and wait to talk to someone or wait for someone to call me back. So the summer of 1995- I called a nursing home that was 10 minutes from my house. I pleaded with them to find something, anything for me to do. After some time, the lady called me back and said- ok I might have something for you…Without any hesitation, I said sure, not really knowing what i was getting myself into. I showed up on the first day, thinking I would help in the cafeteria with washing dishes or I would read to the residents.
The lady walked me down the hall where there were 10 people lined up in wheelchairs. She announced “alright everyone! It’s time for bowling!” The first player approached the line, sat in her wheelchair, took her ball and rolled it down the hallway. She knocked over a few pins. On the next try she got a few more. And then my job that I had been vying for was to set up all the pins for the next in line. This went on at least 10 times that day. And then again every Thursday for the entire summer.
Why do I bring this story up? Because that summer, I learned that I can make a difference. My one hour of volunteering for my college application, where I was to pick up bowling pins, was a nursing home resident’s greatest hour. They looked forward to this hour every week and I began to look forward to that hour each week as well.
If you’re already a patient at Premier Allergy & Asthma, thank you! Our patients are the ones who allow us to continue to grow and create initiatives like the PAA Cares program. If you have any questions or suggestions about charities we should donate to, we’d be glad to hear from you at your next appointment.
And if you’re not already a patient, why wait? Premier Allergy and Asthma is the largest provider of allergy services throughout Central Ohio. And with 11 convenient offices throughout the area, we’re sure we have a convenient location to serve you and your family. Contact us online now or give our office a call at(614) 666-6181 to get started, and see the PAA difference for yourself!