North Texas Area Members Celebrate 25 Years of Partnership with Cook Children’s Hospital

Written by  PAUL CAUSEY

Childrens Hospital

Fort Worth Area Chairman Phillippe Falkner and Fort Worth District Engineer Loyl Bussell present the area’s $25,569.31 donation to the charity on its 25th anniversary

At the September Monthly DFW Luncheon, members welcomed Natalie Houghton and Emilie Woerner of Cook Children’s Hospital to present them with a donation of over $25,000 on the 25th anniversary of their partnership.

Houghton and Woerner provided a video of just one family helped by this donation, and donations like it. In it, a mother describes her day protecting her children, who suffer from a rare disorder that makes their skin exceptionally fragile. The condition requires them to be wrapped in costly protective fabric regularly.

Proceeds are raised from a special golf tournament held annually in the area. In total, the group has donated more than $273,000 to Cook Children’s which uses the proceeds to help families who need assistance with the special circumstances that arise with prolonged illness.

In 2011, members donated $13,000 to the Cook Children’s Creative Artist in Residence Programme. CARPE provides patients opportunities for expression and control through a variety of artistic media such as painting, music, writing, dance, theater and more. Participation in an expressive art form can help reduce fear and anxiety, encourage selfdiscovery, manage pain, and assist with rehabilitation.

In 2005, the tournament raised over $11,000, which went towards Cook Children’s Camps for Kids. The program gives patients and families the opportunity to experience the power of camp in a safer setting. Camps for Kids offers several diagnosis-specific, weeklong summer camps, as well as many weekend retreats throughout the fall and spring. With hospital staff nearby, families have the opportunity to be outside, participate in arts and crafts, receive medical education and most importantly, build supportive, lasting relationships with others facing similar experiences.

In 2018, the group raised nearly $28,000 to support Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport team. With more than 60 neonatal/pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists, and paramedics, this fast-response team is dedicated to getting the most medially fragile children and neonates to its medical center quickly and safety. The transport fleet includes a Cessna Citation Encore+ jet, American Eurocopter 145 helicopter and six ambulances.

Special recognition goes to the chairmen, vice-chairmen, and all the members of the DFW area who continue to support this special cause.



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