Hide-A-Way Lake Kiwanis Club donates $2,000 each to UTHSCT’s Breath of Life Mobile, Reach Out & Read program

Friday, August 27, 2010

Two initiatives of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler received a donation totaling $4,000 from the Hide-A-Way Lake Kiwanis Club at its annual “Day of Giving” luncheon held Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at the Hide-A-Way Lake Clubhouse.

UTHSCT’s Breath of Life Mobile, a mobile asthma clinic for children, received $2,000, as did Reach Out and Read, a program in which physicians give children from 6 months to five years a book at each well-child visit.

In photo at left, Mac Griffith, UTHSCT’s chief development officer and vice president for institutional advancement, and Barbara Huggins, MD, a pediatrician who treats children on the Breath of Life Mobile, are shown receiving the donations from Kiwanis President Vern Baker (at right).

Dr. Huggins praised the generosity and dedication of the Kiwanis club and its members.

“Their primary emphasis is helping children to be all they can be, meeting their medical, social, and financial needs. It’s amazing that a club of only 100 people can raise this amount of money to help so many organizations in a significant way,” she said.

“We are dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time,” said Kiwanis Club President-Elect Barry Crumpton, quoting the motto of Kiwanis International.

“We want to celebrate the work that these groups do,” he said, as he called on a representative of each of the 17 area organizations that received donations and asked them to describe their group’s mission.

Dr. Huggins thanked Baker and Crumpton for the donations.

“This will help us achieve our goal with the Breath of Life Mobile: to keep kids in the classroom and out of the emergency room,” she said. “This money will also help put a brand new book in the hands of each child between 6 months and 5 years old who comes to UTHSCT for a well-child visit.”

The Kiwanis club’s 100 or so members raised more than $100,000 this year for organizations, charities, and nonprofits that benefit children. In its 25 years of existence, the club has raised and given away more than $1 million.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2009, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 80 competitive grants and contracts totaling $14.6 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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