That is Aftab Pathan. Aftab Pathan works in the food and nutrition part of the new University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. If you see him during the day he never fails to greet you, smile, and make conversation with you. Without hesitation he asks you about your day and kindly helps you purchase that coffee kick starter that you need in the morning. Aftab Pathan was a recipient of an award titled The Making Difference Award. "The Making a Difference program is designed to recognize individuals who have performed in an exemplary manner, consistent with the goals of service excellence, and with a commitment to quality care" (1 ). He is an individual who goes outside of their normal duties to help others. You might ask yourself why Aftab's face is so familiar and that is because his face is the one you see on the cambus on your way to work (2 ).
So why am I doing this fundraiser?
I saw Aftab today on my first day back at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and went all the way to the Children's hospital to see if he was working. When I saw him I was completely shocked. His spirits were down and I thought he might be very ill, however, he proceeded to tell me that three days ago his wife was in the emergency room and yesterday she had passed away. I could tell that he was absolutely heart broken. I have never seen him so incredibly sad.
Please help me lift his spirits. Maybe if we can come together as a community to help him we can pay him back for all the times he has put a smile on our faces. We need him and his leadership and people skills to continue making the work place a happy place to be in. I hope that maybe we can raise enough money to cover funeral costs. Please come together to support this outstanding human being, Aftab Pathan.
Photo Credit for the recent picture of Aftab and I goes to David Scrivner/Iowa City Press-Citizen
- Erin DeBolt
- Lisa Gerard
- Hanna Molinari
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