Festival of Hope hands out grants

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Project Hope handed out $72,000 in grants Friday to fight against the ravages of heart disease, cancer and diabetes around Northeast Mississippi.
“Thank you for the work you do,” Bobby Geno, 2010 Festival of Hope chairman, told the representatives of the 11 grantees. “You are why we exist.”
HealthWorks! Children’s Education Center in Tupelo will use its $2,529 grant to purchase a moveable exercise obstacle course that they can use in the Tupelo center or in outreach programs at schools.
“The course can be arranged in hundreds of different layouts and kids can do fun exercises on it like the Bear Crawl, Inch Worm, Stork Walk and the Alligator,” said Donna Loden, the center’s imaginator of awesome experiences.
My Duty Outreach Ministries in Baldwyn received a $2,000 grant to hold diabetes education and medical referral contacts. The program, a part of the Full Gospel Deliverance Center lead by Pastor Bobby R. Tyes, wanted to focus on diabetes because of the prevalence of the disease among African-Americans.
“This outreach focuses on life-sustaining and wellness programs,” said Mary Grice, who represented the program.
Other grants included:
– $19,000 to Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic
– $14,000 to NMMC Diabetes Assistance Fund
– $10,516 to NMMC Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund
– $6,000 to Weston Reed Cardiovascular Conference
– $5,000 to NMMC Heart Patient Assistance Fund
– $5,445 Sisters Network, Tupelo Chapter
– $3,000 Tree of Life Free Clinic
– $2,510 to Camp Hopewell
– $2,000 to Camp Breathe Ezzzze
Project Hope also announced on Friday $500 scholarships for seven area high school seniors who are aiming to work in health care.

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