Introducing the 2020 Red Cross Class of Heroes: Dr. Kaleem Malik, Disaster Services Hero

Dr. Kaleem Malik has dedicated his life to emergency medicine—focusing on helping Chicago’s most vulnerable and providing critical and life-sustaining care, where empathy is of the utmost importance. He has also volunteered for many global disaster emergency responses, including last year’s Hurricane Dorian which devastated the Bahamas, and in particular Abaco Island, where Dr. Malik […]

Introducing the 2020 Red Cross Class of Heroes: Fritzie Fritzshall, Global Citizenship Hero

There are few people more inspiring than Auschwitz Holocaust Survivor Fritzie Fritzshall—the Red Cross of Illinois 2020 “Everyday Extraordinary” Global Citizenship Hero and President of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. At age 13, Fritzshall and her family were arrested at gunpoint and shipped via train to the horrific death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was […]

Introducing the 2020 Red Cross Class of Heroes: Blood Services Heroes

Patty Gonzalez and Maricela Wesby’s niece, AnaVictoria, was 13 years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia.  It took truly copious amounts of blood, donated by others, to keep her alive for the following two years. Inspired by this, Gonzalez, Wesby and their Northern Trust colleague Georgina Adan started blood drives in AnaVictoria’s memory after […]