Healing the Children AZ receives $5,000 grant to help children heal

Contact: Hollie Costello, 480-226-4329
Healing the Children AZ receives $5,000 grant to help children heal

PHOENIX (June 19, 2011) –Healing the Children AZ, a local non-profit dedicated to helping children worldwide receive life-saving health care, recently received a $5,000 grant from Lincoln GIVES, a John C. Lincoln Health Network Employee Giving fund, to help in Healing the Children AZ’s mission of aiding children both locally and abroad to secure medical procedures in the United States.

“We are thrilled to be able to use the funds for future children who will be assisted by Healing the Children AZ,” said Debra Karam, co-director of the Healing the Children AZ organization. “We cannot thank John C. Lincoln enough for supporting our efforts to help these children receive the health care they need to live healthy lives.”

The grant is a benefit from the Help Children Lead Healthy Lives! Program, a community service program organized by the John C. Lincoln Health Network. According to the John C. Lincoln web site, the Lincoln GIVES Committee is one of the most successful employee giving programs in Arizona, raising over $6 million since beginning in 1985. The funds are used to support programs within the John C. Lincoln Health Network and community services programs by other non-profit organizations.

“Healing the Children AZ not only helps children individually, but we also support medical missions that reach hundreds of families at a time,” said Karam. Most recently, the group has aided three children to come to Arizona and California for life-changing surgeries, as well as supporting a medical mission with ear, nose and throat professionals in Central America.
Media: If you are interested in interviewing a current Healing the Children AZ beneficiary, Hussein Yassar, a 16-year-old boy with severe facial injuries due to an Iraqi road-side bomb is currently in Phoenix wrapping up treatment before returning to Iraq. He and his host family (Debra Karam) are available for interviews.

About Healing the Children AZ

Healing the Children Arizona is the local division of Healing the Children, a national organization dedicated to helping children from all over the world find life-saving medical treatments. Find out more at www.htcaz.org.