I have spoken many times about just how great Dr. Raab is and what a huge impact he has had on our lives. The way Adam and I choose to live our life and raise our children was really only made possible through Dr. Raab. He believed in quality of life -- giving us the tools we needed to care for Gavin at home, especially during his last months. The greatest thing about him is that when he walked next to my little boy, if he was in crisis or not, the compassion and love poured out of that man. Even though I hated to dial his number, knowing that this meant I needed help, I knew that there would always be a caring voice on the other end -- no matter what time of day. This is why I sent in the following nomination for the 2009 Physician of the Year.
We need your help.
Even if he doesn't win I want to send him this nomination -- so he can know the impact he has made our our lives. Please leave a short comment thanking him for what he did for our little boy, the countless hours spent searching for ways to help him and the compassion and love he showed our family.
Nomination for 2009 Physician of the Year:
Every once in a while a person comes into your life, whether by choice or not, and leaves a lasting impact. Some of us are lucky enough to not only encounter that individual but also be forever changed because their impact was so great it forever changed our life and impacted our world as we know it.
For our family this person was Dr. Christopher Raab. Three and a half years ago our family entered the door of the Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children -- scared and tired, searching for answers, answers that would make our little baby well. From the moment we talked with Dr. Raab we knew that he was different from the other residents and Attending Physicians that had crossed our path over the previous month.
Three and a half years later, three weeks after the death of out son, our family remains changed forever. Yes we are missing our child but we also were given so many memories to hold on to thanks to Dr. Raab. You see, he let us live life. Times where other physicians would have kept us inpatient Dr. Raab equipped us with the tools and training we needed to be at home creating memories. He supported our desire to give our child quality of life to the very end. He went above and beyond to find answers. He was able to look outside the box to find treatments that would give our little boy quality of life and when the time came, he was able to help us stop -- to make our child comfortable and give us time as a family.
Dr. Raab showed us compassion. He was willing to hurt when we were hurting and was also able to lead and guide us in what was best for our child when we were too weak to do it on our own. We were never alone -- not once did we feel we were doing this alone. Dr. Raab allowed us to be part of the team. He kept us grounded and also helped us find hope when we struggled to find any hope at all.
Three weeks ago we said goodbye to our little boy. Even though it was not physically possible for Dr. Raab to be there by our side -- we knew he would have been there if he could. Dr. Raab fully equipped us not only to survive parenting a medically fragile child but also to say goodbye and recognize that our little boy was done fighting. For that, we are forever grateful.
Please consider Dr. Christopher Raab for the 2009 Physician of the Year. Our family is only one of so many other families whose lives have been forever changed by Dr. Raab.
Adam and Karen Owens