Honor Flight - Opportunity of a LifetimeAt RehabCare and Kindred Rehabilitation Services, we have a dedicated group of therapists who provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. However, Leigh Tracy, COTA, at St. Camillus Home Health in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, goes above and beyond her line of duty.

Leigh was given the opportunity to work with Honor Flight, a nonprofit that flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials – especially senior veterans. She was paired with Marion, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, retired Occupational Therapist (Mount Mary class of 1950) and resident at St. Camillus.

“Marion was quite nervous about the trip. I’m sure anyone who has been in an electric wheelchair, has advanced macular degeneration and is 90 years old would be nervous. But she was comforted that I was her guardian. I knew exactly how she transferred and how to meet all her needs on her trip.”

Once they had arrived in beautiful Washington, D.C., they were individually greeted by Senator Bob Dole at the World War II Memorial. “We made our way down to the Korean War Memorial and were back on the buses to the Marine Corps and Air Force memorials. Arlington was our last stop. It was beautiful and very emotional. Marion loved every second of it.”

Leigh would like to thank Amy Tezak, Program Director at St. Camillus. “She was behind me all the way and was my biggest supporter. I could not have been as successful without her. There was one point in the day when Marion said, ‘Amy should be very proud of you.’ I was touched. It was one of the best experiences of my life.”

The appreciation is mutual. According to Amy, “Leigh goes above and beyond every day for the clients that she serves. I’m the primary evaluating OTR for our Home Care clients, and Leigh carries out the treatments. She consistently seeks out and researches new treatment ideas in order to help her clients improve to their fullest potential.”

It’s clear that Leigh truly defines what RehabCare and Kindred Rehabilitation Services is all about.