To honor his 10-year- old granddaughter who died after two multi-organ transplants, Juan Manfredi, 74, turned his heartbreaking loss into a lifetime of volunteering at Holtz Children’s Hospital.
For the past 14 years, he has dedicated his free time to sharing his love and affection with critically ill babies and children. Grandpa Juan – as he is affectionately called – has supported countless families during some of life’s most challenging moments. He roams the hallways of the hospital, wearing a blue polo shirt with “Grandpa” stitched on front, and carries a Spiderman backpack filled with fun electronics such as an iPad and iPhone for pediatric patients to play with. His presence holds real magic with everyone who crosses his path – from the doctors and nurses at the hospital, to the parents whose children he visits.
Grandpa Juan founded Amanda’s Friends, a non-profit that helps provide financial and emotional support to families of patients at Holtz Children’s. Many of the funds come from donations from his family and friends, which help caregivers with their needs, such as clothing, food, furniture, rent money, and funeral expenses.
Jun. 1918 Jackson History
New Miami City Hospital Opens in Midst of Influenza Epidemic. Link opens story page.
On June 25, 1918, the new Miami City Hospital, spearheaded by physician Dr. James M. Jackson, opened its doors to the community in the midst of an influenza epidemic.Explore in story page.
Feb. 2018 Employee Stories
From My Coworkers to My Caregivers. Link opens story page.
It is one thing to work at a hospital where you witness patients receiving top-notch care every day. It is quite another when you become one of those patients yourself.Explore in story page.
Nov. 1986 Jackson History
First Adult Heart Transplant. Link opens story page.
On Thanksgiving Day in 1986, Mark Frye underwent heart transplant surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital.Explore in story page.