The Ill-phabet is a natural outgrowth of Dr. Wolk’s caring for children’s needs and trying to make their illness a little less “scary.” With verse written in “Seussical” style and fun artwork, The Ill-phabet is an interactive coloring and activity book for children of all ages. Support your local Ronald McDonald House.

About the Author

Melvyn Wolk, M.D., attended the University of Vermont Medical School and did his residency program in Pediatrics at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. While in the U.S. Air Force, he became Chief of Pediatrics at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1965, Dr. Wolk moved to Scranton, Pa., where he established his Pediatric Practice, then became Board Certified in Allergy and Immunology. He served as Chief of Pediatrics at CMC (Community Medical Center) in Scranton for over 25 years and was responsible for establishing the first Neonatal Intensive Care Center in the area. Realizing the parents of sick children being cared for in the hospital needed a place to stay close to their children, he established The Ronald McDonald House of Scranton, “the house that love built,” with the help of Carol & Albert Mueller.

The house is an oasis of comfort in a mighty sea of chaos. It is more than just a place to stay while a sick newborn or a sick child is hospitalized nearby. It provides transportation for families to and from their sick child; it is meal vouchers, volunteers always on hand to help with your needs, and a source of strength, hope, and courage for families in their hour of greatest need.

The Ronald McDonald House has fulfilled Dr. Wolk’s vision of providing all these things for so many families, and it is his mission to keep it going.

Dr. Wolk retired from his medical practice of thirty-five years to pursue his favorite hobby, photography but stays involved with The Ronald Mc Donald House and the asthmatic children. His photography and other works of art have been displayed in many shows and exhibited in galleries throughout the northeast.

Marilyn, co-author of this book, has been happily married to Dr. Wolk for 61 years. She served as his office manager throughout his practice. Together they are the parents of three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.