News & Events

Daniel Hutchison/Dr. Chrisanne Gordon Renunite to Combat TBI

April 18th, 2017

Dr. Gordon sits down and talks with Daniel Hutchison “A Combat Medic” about an invisible injury that affects a large amount of Combat Veterans but is commonly over-looked. Daniel asks her a series of questions about this injury that most people still don’t know exists and about  the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.

To view the YouTube video, click on the picture below or Please Click Here.


Thank You and Farewell to Mandy Simpkins

February 28th, 2017

Resurrecting Lives Foundation would like too thank Mandy Simpkins for all of the hard work that she has done for the foundation and wish her all the best as she moves on to new endeavors. We look forward to her continued support at our future events. Good luck and best wishes – the Board and Staff of RLF.

Distinguished Professional Service Award- Gerald Dieter Griffin ’71 PHS

January 22nd, 2017

bggriffinRetired Brig. Gen. Gerald Dieter Griffin and Board of Advisors, Resurrecting Lives Foundation member was awarded the University of the Pacific Alumni Association’s 2017 Distinguished Professional Service Award. The citation of the award is listed below.

Retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Dieter Griffin, whose military service to this country spans four decades, continues to serve this country through a scholarship to Pacific students and teaching entrepreneurship and innovation in health care. Griffin became an Army medic after high school and enrolled at UC Berkeley as a German literature and zoology major. Having chosen the sciences as his calling, Griffin enrolled in Pacific’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program and graduated in 1971 before receiving a medical degree from the University of Juarez. He completed his residency in emergency medicine when he was nearly 42 years old. Griffin’s military career began August 24, 1968 and he retired after 41½ years of service. Griffin’s military medals include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device for Valor, the Purple Heart Medal and many more. He proudly wears the Special Forces combat patch. Griffin is currently medical director of a hospice, and a researcher for a biotech company focusing on immunology, infection, TBI, PTSD and vaccine development. In addition to his service to our country and contributions to the field of medicine, Griffin has created a scholarship called “Camouflage to White Coat” for Pacific students who served in the military and are now in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He also teaches in entrepreneurship and innovation in health care.

Congratulations – General Griffin.

Dr. Owen Lee – An American Story

January 19th, 2017

Col LeeDr. Owen Lee, an American radiologist living in Newark, Ohio, a Colonel in the U. S. Army Reserve,  and a Member of Resurrecting Lives Foundation Advisory Board, tells his classic American Story of how he came to America and became an American success story.  To read more about Dr. Lee and his Long Path to come to Newark Ohio, Please Click Here,  To Read more about Dr. Lee as a person and member of the RLF Advisory Board, Please Click Here.


December 7th, 2016

That man is Jay Musson, trustee for the Musson Foundation, member of the University of Akron Foundation board of directors, Adjutant of American Legion Post 808 and a Vietnam Combat Infantryman Veteran whom served in 1968 and 1969. Musson participated in more than 50 combat air assaults earning the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Valorous Unit Commendation.

In 2011, the Musson Foundation donated $220,000 to build a 21st century Veterans lounge inside the University of Akron. This lounge offers student-veterans a place to relax, study and enjoy the same camaraderie that they experienced while serving their country.

mussam-veteran-loungeMusson started American Legion Post 808 at the University of Akron in 2014 and it has since, become the largest post of its kind in the country.

“Being a veteran and coming back from Vietnam to here and really being on my own, I remember that vividly. I don’t want those kids to go through anything like that,” Musson says. “(Vietnam) was a whole different war. There are just a lot of administrative hassles that these kids are dealing with now. If I were a student coming back now, I would feel lost among all the benefits: Title this or Title that, or timing issues with receiving money. Those are the things we are trying to overcome.”

Pictured above: Mr. Tim Oldani  and Mr. Jay Musson

dedication-pictureMr. Musson enlisted the help of a Legion service officer who is an alumnus of the school. With a goal toward easing transition burdens, post members have also lobbied the university to create a special veterans-only English and composition class, received a spot on the school’s Military Veterans Steering Committee, and facilitated a more welcoming environment for student veterans by starting an annual tailgate before a football game that recognizes the post and veterans at the school.

Tony Stevens, a sociology major and Post 808 member, joined the post in hopes of finding some of the camaraderie he enjoyed in the military.

Pictured above left to right:  Mr. Tim Oldani, Dr. K. Todd Houston, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, Mr. Jay Musson, LTC Bradley Harvey

Stevens, an active participant in veterans initiatives, has become the posts sergeant-at-arms. He says the campus post model is something that student veterans at other schools are well-positioned to replicate.

“Hopefully, people around the country can use our post as a model and do what we are doing.,” he says. “Veterans have a lot of experience, a lot of stuff to share, and a lot of good to do for people.”

“The Legion’s mission at work: Veterans Helping Veterans”

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**Further Information about Post 808 and the Musson Veteran’s Lounge can be found at the following links**


Thanks to Cardinal Health

October 28th, 2016

check-pres1Resurrecting Lives Foundation was honored to join several Cardinal Health executives and employees on Wednesday,  October 26th,  for the Check Presentation and Ceremony for the Charity Golf Outing held on August 28th. We would like to thank everyone who was involved in making it happen.

The planning, organization and success of the golf outing is the result of the support from  Mr. Jon Giacomin,CEO Cardinal Pharmaceuticals,  Mr. Scot Lindsey, and Mr. Sam Tucci – Senior VP and Director of IT, respectively,  at Cardinal as well as members of the Cardinal Health Veterans and Community Outreach Teams. Over $24,000 was donated as a result of the outing and the outreach community  at Cardinal.  These funds will be applied toward the Resurrecting Lives Foundation employment initiative – assisting with the transition for our military members and their families to civilian life.

Thank you ‘Team Cardinal Health’: David Johnston ( USMC)  Kristin Thomas, Alison Albers (US ARMY) – Leads

Your continued support and assistance to helping Veterans, is very much appreciated.

Resurrect a Hero – Strengthen a Nation

The RLF Team


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Photo on Upper Left –  Stan Crader, RLF Board and Mr. Jon Giacomin, CEO Cardinal Pharmaceuticals
Photo  on Right –   Stan Crader and  Thomas Holliday, USMC and RLF Advisor
Photo on Lower Left – Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, Stan Crader and Mandy Simpkins – RLF Team


Cards for Causes

October 28th, 2016

Friends of Resurrecting Lives Foundation

With the holidays approaching quickly, we wanted to make you all aware of ‘Cards for Causes’. We are signed up to receive donations from each order when RLF is selected as the ’cause’ of choice.

The website is:

Cards for Causes donates 20% of the revenue generated by a customer’s order to a charity selected by the customer.

If you plan to order holiday cards, please take a moment to look through this site. Make sure to share with friends and family as well!

Thank you for your continued support.

RLF Team