A Dedicated Champion
One of Einstein’s most dedicated donors, Ron Krancer generously supports numerous initiatives throughout the Network including the Albert Einstein Society, the Harvest Ball, and the Small Miracles Golf Tournament. Coming from an extensive branch of family philanthropists who support many humanitarian efforts, Ron began his volunteer service tenure on MossRehab’s Board of Directors nearly 30 years ago and continues today as a member of both Albert Einstein Healthcare Network’s Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers. A 1998 Albert Einstein Society honoree, Ron has held a special place in his heart for MossRehab providing magnanimous support over the years for programs such as Voices of MossRehab’s Aphasia Center (VOMAC), All About Art at MossRehab, and Camp Independence. It was with funds donated by Ron to MossRehab several years ago that provided the initial support for the mobility work that has led to the development of ReWalk.
Ron doesn’t recall the exact date he became involved with MossRehab but he clearly remembers why. “My late wife and I had close friends who were caught in a house fire. He didn’t survive and she became paralyzed when she jumped out of a second story window to escape,” he says. “Lillian was treated at MossRehab and I was so impressed with the level of care she received.”
In fact, he was so impressed, he vowed to do something that would enable others to benefit from MossRehab’s innovative treatments and high-quality care. Encouraged by the late Susan and Jay Beneman who were staunch advocates for MossRehab, Ron began participating in many MossRehab activities including holding office on the Honorary Board and eventually serving as Chairman of the Investment Committee, a position he held for many years before handing over the reins to the next generation of advocates.
After stepping down from his committee post, Ron continued his relationship with MossRehab, in part because of the strong personal relationships he had formed with a number of Einstein staff and members of the administration. “There are so many reasons I support Einstein and MossRehab,” explains Ron. “I value its strong Jewish heritage and tradition. I value the relationships I have formed with the people here. I value the outstanding work that goes on at MossRehab. They do a terrific job.”
As an avid sports fan, Ron has merged his interest in sports with his interest in philanthropy. For several years, he has been a sponsor of Small Miracles, Einstein’s annual golf tournament that raises funds to support programs that make a difference in the lives of children. Despite his high handicap—“that means I’m a lousy golfer,” he jokes—he enthusiastically steps up to the tee. “I really enjoy the event,” says Ron. “I like knowing that the money raised is well spent and that it is going to a very, very good cause.”
Today Ron and Evie, his wife of four years, split their time between Florida and Philadelphia. When in Philadelphia, he never misses an opportunity to cheer on his beloved Phillies, Eagles and Flyers or spend time with their even more beloved children and grandchildren. Yet, no matter where he is, his family friend Lillian is never far from his thoughts. “Without MossRehab, I don’t know what would have happened to her,” says Ron. “Although she is a paraplegic, the staff at MossRehab helped her to be as mobile as possible. I want to make sure that MossRehab and Einstein will always be there so others may have the same opportunity for recovery.”
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