“You have to be confident in order to keep going, to keep pushing yourself through every day. Like with my job and taking care of my kids, just not giving up and just having that strength to keep on going.” – Jamie S., a Columbus, OH CVS Store Manager working through the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Donaldson Plastic Surgery, we are passionate about supporting our community and finding new ways to inspire confidence as we navigate the COVID-19 experience. While nobody knows when a return to normalcy will occur, many Columbus natives and DPS patients have taken this opportunity to show inspiring acts of kindness and resilience.
We asked our patients to send us stories of individuals who they have seen going above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic. After receiving over 100 written nominations, we selected the most compelling, heroic, and selfless individuals to join us for a special event we called “Confidence is Essential.” The stories you see in the video above are real Columbus community members and Donaldson Plastic Surgery patients who have played an essential role in the lives of others since the start of COVID-19. We invited them to come sit down with us, reflect on their experiences, and share why they believe inspiring confidence is essential through these uncertain times.
Our “Confidence is Essential” event, presented by our philanthropic extension DPS Cares, took place on Saturday, June 13 at the Donaldson Plastic Surgery office. Winners were invited to come receive complimentary Botox treatments on our patio, overlooking the scenic Historic Dublin pedestrian bridge and Bridge Park West Plaza. Over $35,000 worth of Botox was donated for the event, in addition to the services provided by our injectors — Dr. Donaldson, Dr. Sieffert, and Adrienne Yanich —and the rest of the Donaldson team. Keeping concerns of COVID-19 close in mind, patients were scheduled to arrive one-by-one to receive their treatments in a safe and enjoyable experience. We followed all of our practice’s regular safety protocols and took careful measures to ensure safe social distancing and mask requirements.
Complimentary Botox treatments are just one small way in which our practice is able to thank these individuals. “Because we’re not on the front lines in ICUs and treating COVID patients, we thought that the least we could do — because we are on the front lines of treating confidence — is to give back to those individuals by enhancing their day or their weekend.” explains renowned Columbus plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson. “We’re hopefully giving them a little something to look forward to in this time when there has been a lot of negative news and pessimism.”
In addition to this event, our practice has given back during COVID-19 by donating to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and establishing a laceration Suture Clinic to help alleviate local Emergency Rooms.
“This event reinvigorated us,” remarks injector for the event Adrienne Yanich. “When you are stuck behind that mask every day, and you become just another faceless number, it’s difficult to remember your purpose. This event gave us an opportunity to hear the passions that people hold and why they choose to do the work that they’re doing.”
Natalie Folchi, the Columbus, Ohio based portrait and lifestyle photographer behind Folchi Creative, donated her talents to document the event, and produced these beautiful photographs of our providers and winners as they received their treatments. We love Natalie’s keen eye and her special talent to capture the joyous and genuine moments that define our practice.
A special thank you goes out to Elevate Creative, a full-service creative agency in Columbus, OH, for the creation of our Confidence is Essential video. We loved working with their team, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the beautiful portrayal of our patients’ stories.
We would also like to thank Dublin and Bridge Park’s local businesses J. Hilburn, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, Kilwins Dublin, and Apricot Lane Boutique, who contributed their own gifts to our Confidence is Essential winners. Their donations serve as a heartwarming example of the strength and support this community is known for.
We believe matching beauty on the outside with the beauty on the inside builds confidence. And we believe that confidence extends, lifting everyone we touch. We are confident that Columbus will emerge from this time stronger than ever before.