Monthly Archives: May 2011

MedCity News: Father, pharmacist united by Emily’s Law plan speaking engagements

5.25.11 | Brandon Glenn

The father of the 2-year-old child whose death as a result of a medication error led to “Emily’s Law” is planning joint speaking engagements with the pharmacist who went to jail for that error.

Chris Jerry, who founded the Emily Jerry Foundation after his daughter’s 2006 death, hopes the joint discussions with ex-pharmacist Eric Cropp will help educate health professionals and students about the danger seemingly small, careless medication errors can pose to patients. The story of human tragedy — and forgiveness — could serve as a powerful reminder to health professionals that they hold human lives in their hands throughout the course of each workday.

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MedCity News: ‘Emily’s Law’ dad to publicly forgive pharmacist

By MedCity News – 5.5.11 | Brandon Glenn

An Ohio father whose 2-year-old daughter’s 2006 death spurred the passage of “Emily’s Law” is preparing to publicly forgive the pharmacist who went to prison for a medical error that led to the death.

Chris Jerry, who has since started the Emily Jerry Foundation to raise awareness of medication errors, said he plans to forgive Eric Cropp in an interview next week for a segment on the Discovery Channel about patient safety.

“The criminalization of medical errors is an enormous setback for the patient-safety movement,” Jerry said.

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My First Lecture & Discovery Channel Special Interview News!

I will be giving a lecture on patient safety to 155 pharmacy students at Ohio Northern in Ada, Ohio this Friday the 13th!  Dr. Michelle Musser is the Professor of Pharmacy Practice at ONU that I’ve been working with. I’ll be relaying my story, hoping to make an impression on these students. I want to let them know they truly do have people’s lives in their hands every day on the job.

Additionally, next week the film crew from the Discovery Channel will be in Cleveland to tape an interview I will be doing for the second part of a “Chasing Zero” segment on patient safety.  I have been working with Dr. Charles Denham from TMIT on this project.  I am Looking forward to publicly forgiving Eric Cropp next week during my interview with The Discovery Channel.  I truly believe that this is what my daughter would want me to do. The criminalization of medical errors, when they occur, is an enormous setback for the patient safety movement in our nation. Read this CNN story describing the negative impact this had on the patient safety movement.

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Chris Jerry Appearance on Leon Bibb’s Kaleidoscope – ABC NewsNet5 Cleveland

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by local ABC anchorman Leon Bibb on April 10th for his Kaleidoscope program. To view my interview portion of the program fast forward to 14:12 on the timeline…

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    A Letter to My Children

    Dear Nate & Katherine,

    I truly love and miss, both of you, more than you will ever know! I am so incredibly sorry that you both have had to endure the loss of your baby sister, the death of your uncle, and the breakup of your family in such a short period of time. You both were the absolute best big brother and sister ever and I know how much you both must still hurt and miss her! I genuinely hope and pray that you find some comfort and that you both always know in your heart that little Emily is still watching over all of us!

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    Internet Radio Show Co-hosted by Joni Aldrich and Chris Jerry of the Emily Jerry Foundation

    Through my work as an advocate, I never really knew the profound healing that would occur on a personal level, as Emily’s father. It’s this type of healing process that can occur, for anyone who has experienced or is going through a life-changing crisis, that cohost Joni Aldrich ( and I, discuss on our weekly show called ADVOCACY HEALS U. Please join us every Tuesday at 2:00pm EST and find out how to be an advocate for positive change and how it can, subsequently, heal and inspire you too! Over any web enabled device, you can listen to the show by either going to or If you happen to miss a show it will be rebroadcast each Saturday at 3:00pm EST. All our shows are archived on Click on the button below to scroll through the archives.