Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center Receives $146,000 from Smart Ride 9
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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) received a donation of $146,640 from the Smart Ride 9 at a special ceremony held at the Riverside Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. This was CDTC’s first year participating in the SMART Ride, an annual two-day bike ride from Miami to Key West that supports Florida organizations dedicated to HIV/AIDS.  CDTC was the only agency selected that serves children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.  

The funds will provide services to children and adolescents of CDTC’s Comprehensive Family AIDS Program, including medical care and lab work for uninsured and newly identified patients, transportation to improve access to care, nutritional support, health education and emergency assistance. At a time when federal and state grant funds are being reduced, this gift will allow the Center to enhance its services to HIV-infected children, teenagers and women in Broward County.

The ride was also an opportunity for CDTC to work with HIV providers across the state and to exchange resources and information with the other agencies participating in the event.

“CDTC is still in awe of the amazing opportunity and experience it had by being selected to participate and benefit from the SMART Ride 9,” said Marie Hayes, director of CDTC’s Comprehensive Family AIDS Program.

“We are very grateful to the sponsors, riders and volunteers throughout Florida who made Smart Ride 9 such an incredible success,” said Susan M. Widmayer, Ph.D., executive director of CDTC.

The SMART Ride is a two-day, 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West with 100 percent of proceeds raised by the participants going back to help AIDS Service Organizations throughout the state. The SMART Ride sold out in July for riders and in September for support crew. SMART Ride benefits seven AIDS service organizations in Florida. The recipients are AIDS Help in Key West, Center for Positive Connections in Miami, The Pride Center and Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale, Comprehensive AIDS Program in Palm Beach, Miracle of Love in Orlando and Metropolitan Charities in Tampa/St Petersburg.  This year a new program, the 10% Lifeline, has been established where 10 percent of all funds raised will remain in a pool to be given out throughout the year where needs exist throughout the state. For more information or to donate please visit

The Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 10,000 children with special healthcare needs in Broward County. CDTC’s mission is to promote the optimal health and well-being of children with special health care needs by providing comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment services within a medical home environment.  CDTC is a nationally recognized “Center of Excellence,” offering a unique system of care for infants, children and youth with chronic illnesses, disabilities and developmental delays. All medical care and social services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.