Because of her healthcare background and community volunteerism, Meg Lamb was an obvious choice for the community leadership team for Akron Children’s Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center.
A licensed pharmacist, Meg and her husband, Tom, own Sand Run Pharmacy in Akron.
However, the day she was supposed to attend her first team meeting in 2004, her 12-year-old son Matt was admitted to Akron Children’s burn center with a serious injury.
He spent the next month in the hospital, followed by 18 months of ongoing care, giving her a whole new perspective on Akron Children’s Hospital.
“Previously we had been at Children’s for only minor problems, like stitches,” said Lamb, who also has another son, Andy, age 22.
Once Matt recovered, Lamb joined the community leadership team in 2005, now more familiar with Akron Children’s and with a new appreciation for the services it offers.
Since then, Lamb has been involved in a host of projects aimed at building awareness for Akron Children’s Haslinger center and furthering its mission. This includes assisting with continuing education programs, making follow-up phone calls to families, sending cards to bereaved families, and helping with the Holiday Elves program, which provides trees, wreaths and other treats to families.
She’s also been involved in many of the center’s special events, such as the recent 10th birthday celebration and an open house in the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center.
She’s now helping to get the center’s latest special project under way, a partnership with a pediatric palliative care program in Kenya, Africa.
“As a member of the community leadership team, I’m here to support any activities or programs that come up,” said Lamb. “As the services have grown, so have the needs.”
Her sons have also gotten involved with some of the center’s activities, particularly the Holiday Elves program.
Matt, now 21, and Andy help make deliveries to patient families, getting great joy in spreading holiday cheer and handing out stockings to the children who always seem to have just the right toy or treat.
“Having an opportunity to interact with the families and get a better understanding of what we can do to help is the most rewarding part of being a volunteer,” said Lamb. “Dr. Friebert and her staff are incredibly committed to meeting the needs of the community and the families they serve. I’m honored to be able to support that, so they can focus on this important work.”
Meg lives in Bath Township, where she is also active in the Bath Church. She’s on the Dean’s Advisory Board at Northeast Ohio Medical University’s College of Pharmacy, serving as a preceptor for pharmacy students. She’s also a member of the Summit Vaccine Coalition and Partners for Safety, a fall prevention initiative for seniors.