Late nurse's "voice" is still ringing in Haiti
By Sandy Strickland
Sandy Logue never made it back to Haiti as she had longed to do. While dying from pancreatic cancer, the Jacksonville resident had vowed to return once more, as she had five to seven times a year for two decades.
The retired operating room nurse was devoted to St. Boniface Hospital in the rural mountain village of Fond des Blancs. But Logue was diagnosed in November 2011 and died more than two months ago at age 75.
Fundraising to continue the surgical trips is ongoing. A “Hands of Hope” benefit, which will include a tribute to Logue, is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach.
“She was never well enough to go back after her diagnosis,” said her son, John Logue, who is chairing the event with physician Ronald Carzoli Jr.
Logue and her former husband, Jack, retired chief operating officer at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, introduced the mission to Jacksonville physicians when they moved here from Boston in 1995. Her passion was fueled when she heard that 50 percent of the kids were dying before age 5 because they had not been immunized.
Her drive played a major role in the growth of St. Boniface, which went from a one-room clinic in the 1980s to a 60-bed hospital with outpatient clinics and laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and nutrition programs, her son said. More than 300 patients are seen daily. With St. Vincent’s and Baptist Medical Center among its supporters, the surgical team from Jacksonville performs 250 routine and life-saving surgeries annually.
Logue coordinated the surgical trips, recruited doctors and nurses. Because of her dedication, the hospital’s surgical center was named after her. To the people in the community, the woman who grew up on a farm in rural Iowa was known as “Mom Sandy.”
John Logue described his mother as “an endless well of giving.” She adopted six children of various races. She ran a group home for runaway teenage girls in Neenah, Wisc.
His parents started the fundraiser to help the hospital about nine years ago. The surgical teams pay for their own travel. Money raised at the event, which includes a silent auction and raffle drawings, will go for supplies, medications and equipment. To visit the website, go to haitihealth.org and for information about the event, click “hands of hope.”
Included with Logue’s ashes is a reminder of Haiti — a wooden bell. It’s engraved with the Haitian proverb, “Nobody hears the cry of the poor or the sound of a wooden bell.” John Logue said it’s an analogy of why his mother wanted to be involved and her voice heard.
Sandy Strickland: (904) 359-4128
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