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Kerry's Kids Partners with Leo's Legacy

As a result of our ongoing partnership with Multi-Cultural Program (MCP) at Children’s Hospital, a new and exciting opportunity was proposed for Kerry’s Kids to partner with a Latino Outreach Program. The Dreisbach Family, who lost one of their trusted workers in a tragic accident, sought a way to honor his memory by providing health care for the children of their Latino workers. A proposal submitted by Eddie Chu, M.D. Director of MCP, offering the services of Kerry’s Kids, was approved. Roxanna Martinez, M.D., the appointed physician, began targeting the Latino children in the East Bay. She started services at several schools (see photo at La Escuelita School) and Leo’s Legacy was born. The program honors the memory of Jose Leon Marquez who died in May 2002.

Leo worked for the Dreisbach Warehouse in Oakland, managing their entire facility and the local freight program. When asked about Leo, Marianne Dreisbach replied that “Leo was very much a part of our family. He is missed every day in every way. The hole he has left is not just that of a manger, but of an energy and drive that is all too absent in today’s world. His love of his family, his devotion to his friends (which included everyone in the business – from president to janitor), and his incredible energy and will to succeed will never be forgotten by those who experienced it. It is for all of these reasons that the Dreisbach family has dedicated a program that begins to provide some free basic health services to the Latino children of Oakland. Perhaps we will provide a better and healthier life for a young Latino child from Leo’s village – who can then begin to further Leo’s dream and achievements.”

We are grateful to the Dreisbach Family for providing MCP and Kerry’s Kids with these funds. Thanks to Eddie Chu, M.D. for envisioning the partnership. Thanks also to Katherine Castillo, the Site Coordinator for Kerry’s Kids, who is a major source of support for Roxanna when she goes to the schools. Katherine provides translated health care materials, brings vaccines, directs the student volunteers and does all of the same administrative duties for Leo’s Legacy as she does for each of the Kerry’s Kids sites.

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