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Rocking All The Way To The Top

Caroline Fienga
Media Specialist
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Rocking All the Way to the Top

Middleburg Heights, OH (Dec. 3, 2012) – This story begins and ends in one of the greatest pieces of furniture, a rocking chair. Its long-standing history is that of offering people a place to relax in a world of stress, and creating precious memories with a newborn child, soothing them to sleep. 

For Rochelle and Dave Friedrich, their story began and ended in a rocking chair with their beloved daughter, Eleonore. It was 20 weeks in to Rochelle’s pregnancy when she learned that her unborn child would face many challenges. Eleonore entered this world fighting Shone’s Complex, and also battled many other obstacles in her short six days of life.

Eleonore’s story continues to live on through the work of her parents, the Eleonore Rocks Foundation for terminally ill children. Through Eleonore Rocks, more than 230 rocking chairs have been donated to hospitals throughout the country. At Southwest General, we are honored to be welcoming an Eleonore Rocks rocking chair in the hospital’s Emergency Department.   

“It is an honor to be donating one of our organization’s rocking chairs to Southwest General,” said Dave Friedrich, founder of Eleonore Rocks, and a Strongsville resident. “Our story for choosing Southwest General is quite unique.”

Dave, an avid Ironman athlete, met Amanda Prok, an eighth grade English/Language Arts teacher at Roehm Middle School in Berea, at a Cleveland Triathlon. Amanda’s eighth grade students had been hard at work on a family literacy project (which morphed in to a family literacy, healthy living and charitable project) around the book “The Running Dream.” As part of the project, her students helped organize the first annual Dash for Dignity race. With more than 400 participants, the race raised more than $3,500.

“I was so impressed by the work done by these students and the school, that the Eleonore Rocks Foundation matched their earnings,” explains Dave.

“On Dec. 5, we will be presenting a check to Southwest General to help assist in their Building for Your Future construction project,” Amanda continues. “We all have had to endure a tough situation at one time or another in our life. We are blessed to have such amazing people living right here in our community to help make dreams come true, and especially, that we will be cared for with compassion and dignity at a hospital right in our community.”

“I know Dave personally as we both are Strongsville community members, and it is with great pride that we share his story and that of this group of school students,” said Mike Cogan, chairman, Southwest Community Health Foundation. “Efforts such as this are commendable and should not go left unnoticed.”

Photo and interview opportunities are available. For additional information, contact Caroline Fienga at or 440-816-6723. 

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 358-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. For news highlights, events and additional information, visit or 

About Southwest Community Health Foundation
Southwest Community Health Foundation (The Foundation) became fully operational on June 9, 1986. It is a not-for-profit corporation that centralizes all fundraising efforts of Southwest General. The Foundation through its fundraising programs generates charitable gifts that are used to support the mission of the hospital.