Paying It Forward
Tammi and Rob Stillion
Tammi and Rob Stillion managed the Oley Foundation’s Equipment-Supply Exchange from 2009 through 2013. The Stillions helped coordinate hundreds of exchanges each month—helping those who no longer need formula and HPEN-related supplies and equipment get it into the hands of those who do need it. What motivated them do it?
Tammi has short bowel syndrome and has been on home parenteral nutrition since 2001. “When we first found out about Oley,” Rob says, “we found out we were not alone. We got so much information at our first conference in 2007. We brought a lot of it back to our doctors, and Tammi is stable now. When we got to the point where we knew what we needed to do, we decided it would be nice to help other people.” And so, when they heard Oley was looking for volunteers to help with the Equipment-Supply Exchange, they stepped forward.
“I was raised in that environment,” Rob continues. “When you get something, you give back. We couldn’t help in other ways, so we decided to take this on and do it.”
Tammi and Rob devoted significant amounts of time and energy to the program, and through it, are giving generously to the Oley Foundation and their fellow Oley members. We are grateful for their contribution.
LifelineLetter, January/February 2013