Jamie Wildman: Dedicated to the Red Cross

Originally from Ohio, Jamie Wildman has resided in the Chicagoland area for the past 20 years.  For about half of that time, almost a decade, he has served as an American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois board member.  Before coming to Chicago, Jamie graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and proceeded to receive his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.  He currently works as a Managing Director in Healthcare Coverage for William Blair, an investment banking and wealth management firm. 

Jamie’s connection to the Red Cross extends back through time – all the way back to the early 1900’s, in fact.  His grandfather was an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in France during World War I.  This connection with his grandfather is something that he is very proud of as he continues the family legacy of service to the organization.

Jamie is one of the leaders behind many of the Red Cross events, such as the Heroes Breakfast and the Red Cross Classic, saying that “they get better every year.”  He has a deep appreciation for the Breakfast and the fact that it honors and spotlights local heroes each year, giving them a platform and much-deserved validation for their efforts and contributions to the community.

For Jamie, the Red Cross represents a vast array of support and assistance to so many people.  He said that the reason he’s become so involved in the organization is that it helps “people experiencing the most dire circumstances [of their lives].”  He explained that he is particularly fascinated by “so many different areas” where the Red Cross steps in to help.  Specifically, the biomedical and military services that the organization provides is what motivates Jamie.  This year alone, the Red Cross has delivered over 65,000 emergency communications to military troops and their families and held countless blood drives to provide hospitals with life-saving plasma, platelets, and whole blood.  All of this is in addition to the classes offered by the Red Cross on CPR, first aid, AED, lifeguarding, and its work in disaster relief services.

Funds raised are crucial to carrying out the many humanitarian missions of the organization, and as Jamie pointed out, there is “compelling [reason] to donate.”  He says the Red Cross is proud that an average of 90 cents of every dollar spent is invested in delivering care and comfort to those in need.  When reflecting upon the scope of the organization, Jamie summed up his feelings, saying that “the more you learn about what the Red Cross does, the more you want to help.”

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Jamie Wildman for his years of service to the Red Cross on the Chicago & Northern Illinois Board of Directors!

If you would like to learn about volunteering for the Red Cross, you can find more information here.

Written by Red Cross Communications Volunteer Vicky Arias

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