Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland Soon to Roll Out Bigs in Blue


Bigs in Blue pic

Bigs in Blue

An experienced nurse practitioner, Seana Rutherford works in family practice at Premier Physicians, a clinic based in Fairview Park, Ohio. Outside of her work life, Seana Rutherford supports local nonprofit groups such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland offers a number of community programs aimed at raising the quality of life of local children through mentorship. One such program is Bigs in Blue, which pairs members of local law enforcement with area youth to help build better relationships between the police and the community, as well as educate law enforcement about the issues that these youth face on a daily basis.

Part of a broader initiative by Big Sisters Big Brothers of America (BBBSA), the program will soon roll out in the Cleveland area. BBBSA’s president and the former mayor of Tampa, Florida, Pam Iorio explains the significance of the program, saying that she saw how important police mentorship can be when observing similar efforts in the Tampa area. Bigs in Blue aims to serve as the first nationwide program to emulate that model.


MedWish International Sends Supplies to Clinic in Dominican Republic

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MedWish International

After graduating with bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Akron in 2012, Seana Rutherford completed a master of nursing from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, in 2015. Aside from her work as a nurse practitioner at Premier Physicians in Fairview Park, Seana Rutherford donates to MedWish International.

Founded in 1993, MedWish International focuses on repurposing discarded medical supplies for developing countries. Last winter, a group of students from Lincoln-West High School in Cleveland carried over 110 pounds of MedWish’s materials in their backpacks to a free clinic in Veron in the Dominican Republic. The delivered supplies included items such as gauze, diapers, and baby formula.

Because the area struggles to supply sufficient clean water, electricity, and medical care to all its residents, Lincoln High School students have delivered aid to this section of Veron for over four years. In previous years, Lincoln students have provided aid relief for both schools and orphanages.