They became All Children's Dream Builders in 2006. But for most of their adult lives, Nancy and Michael Gallant have been helping families realize their dreams of happier, healthier lives.
Nancy Gallant is an experienced psychotherapist with a Master's degree in psychiatric social work from Columbia University, New York. For nearly thirty years in her St. Petersburg practice, she's been helping couples and individuals deal with such issues as depression, grief, post-traumatic stress disorders and power struggles that can shatter a relationship. To many of her former clients, she's a lifesaver.
Her husband Michael is in the business of changing lives, many of them barely begun. A graduate of Yale Medical School, he came to All Children's upon completing his fellowship training in pediatric plastic surgery at Case Western Reserve University. That was thirty years ago, when Dr. Gallant established the Cleft Palate Program here at All Children's. He estimates he's performed more than 4,000 surgeries at All Children's through the years-babies born with cleft lip and palate; children with vascular tumors, burns or hand deformities. He loves the challenge of the surgical work almost as much as he values the chance to watch his young patients grow and change.
But the real measure of success is something he calls "heart money." It's not itemized on any hospital bill. It's the value of a parent's thanks-through handshakes, hugs or tears-when they see their child for the first time after surgery.
While rich in "heart money," the Gallants know it takes a different currency to keep All Children's Hospital growing to meet the needs of tomorrow's kids and their families. That's why they've designated the hospital as a beneficiary in their will. They've also made a five-year pledge to the Capital Campaign that's helping to build the new All Children's Hospital.
And now that Dr. Gallant is part of All Children's Specialty Physicians, he's also signed up to contribute through the Employee Giving Campaign. This year, Dr. Gallant also gave the Employee Campaign its theme song, Labor of Love. Nationally known recording artist Valerie Carter provides the vocals. Dr. Gallant-who also happens to be a Julliard-trained pianist-performs on the keyboards.
Inspiration, says the doctor, came from All Children's nursing staff-"the real wealth of the hospital," as he puts it. His gifts-both musical and monetary-are his way of ensuring their compassionate work continues for generations to come.
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