Thursday, October 21, 2010
Florida Panthers Foundation Donates $400,000 to Broward Health Foundation in Support of the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer
The Broward Health Foundation announced that it has received a grant of $400,000 from the Florida Panthers Foundation to be used for the renovation of the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital’s pediatric oncology unit. The announcement was made during a special ribbon cutting and reception at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at Broward General Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Attending the event were Broward General Medical Center & Chris Evert Children’s Hospital CEO James Thaw, Broward Health Foundation President Michael S. Long, and Chair of the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners, Rhonda Calhoun. In attendance representing the Florida Panthers were General Partner Cliff Viner, Foundation Chairman Stu Siegel, President Michael Yormark, General Manager Dale Tallon, and Assistant Captains Stephen Weiss and Cory Stillman.
“While the survival rate for children with childhood cancer has increased greatly over the last several years, cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children,” said Michael S. Long, president of the Broward Health Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful to have a committed partner like the Florida Panthers Foundation and the entire Panthers Organization who have pledged to make fighting pediatric cancer a priority. On behalf of our pediatric cancer patients, their families and the doctors, nurses and staff who work with them, we would like to thank the Panthers for this very generous contribution.”
As part of the renovation, the pediatric oncology unit now features a bold new Florida Panthers theme.
“The Florida Panthers Foundation and the entire Panthers organization is thrilled to be taking such a significant step in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said Panthers Foundation Executive Director Rachel Brooke. “In working with the Broward Health Foundation to make this donation, we are making a strong statement that any child or family struggling with this disease is not alone in their fight. Our players, coaches, staff, executives and the Foundation are committed to supporting them in any way possible, and the wonderful new Panthers-themed graphics in the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital pediatric oncology unit will serve as a reminder of that pledge.”
Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world-class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.BrowardHealth.org.
Click the following link to view the unveiling video: http://video.panthers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=723&id=79310.
(Left to Right) Chairman of the Florida Panthers Foundation Stu Siegel; Assistant Captain of the Florida Panthers Cory Stillman; Chair of the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners Rhonda Calhoun; Chair of the Broward Health Foundation Board of Directors Paul Anderson; Assistant Captain of the Florida Panthers Stephen Weiss; President & COO of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment Michael Yormark; General Partner of the Florida Panthers Cliff Viner; Commissioner of the North Broward Hospital District Joseph Cobo.
(Left to Right) Broward General Medical Center & Chris Evert Children’s Hospital CEO James Thaw; Assistant Captain of the Florida Panthers Cory Stillman; Chair of the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners Rhonda Calhoun; Chair of the Broward Health Foundation Board of Directors Paul Anderson; Assistant Captain of the Florida Panthers Stephen Weiss; General Partner of the Florida Panthers Cliff Viner.