Wolfson Children’s Hospital 's Wolfie helps raise awareness about the work of the hospital's work, and he adds a lighthearted touch to our philanthropic efforts. He also is available for appearances at community events.
“Wolfie is a great advocate for the hospital and for children,” says Michael Aubin, FACHE, hospital president, Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
For more information on Wolfie or to schedule an appearance, please call the Volunteer Services at 904.202.8008.
Here is Wolfie’s story:
Wolfie grew up in Jacksonville, N.C., where he lived with his parents, little brother and sister. Their den was in a forest along the New River. Wolfie was a happy, outgoing cub, making friends with neighboring red wolf cubs and the other animals, even the little bunnies. He loved being a big brother and took good care of his siblings. He was proud of his home and always pitched in when others needed help, earning the nickname “Good Little Wolfie.”
In 2011, when the Great Okefenokee Swamp fire devastated the region's wildlife, Wolfie wanted to help. With his parents’ permission, he made the long journey from North Carolina to north Florida. Wolfie worked tirelessly, helping care for the sick and injured animals while firefighters battled the fire.
One day, a fire-damaged tree fell and knocked Wolfie to the ground. A rescue worker saved him and took him to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, where doctors and nurses kindly cared for his broken leg. While he was staying at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Wolfie was happy to learn he was in Jacksonville, Florida, along the St. Johns River. The new city reminded him of home, and everyone was so friendly – he felt like he was with his own family.
Healthy and back on his paws, Wolfie decided to stay at the hospital and help other kids. Hospital President Michael Aubin; Jerry Bridgham, MD, chief medical officer, and the entire hospital staff welcomed Wolfie. So he sent a note home to his parents. They agreed that Wolfson Children’s Hospital would be the best place for “Good Little Wolfie” to live and help other children.
Favorite Color: Red
Birthday: May 22, a perpetual 7-year-old cub
Favorite Food: Berries and chicken fingers. He also loves the pudding and strawberry yogurt the nurses serve.
Hobbies: Running, swimming, reading