By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Project Hope put hard-earned money to work Friday for the benefit of heart disease, diabetes and cancer patients across the region.
Teams of volunteers worked hard ahead of the Festival of Hope, making it possible for the organization to hand out $35,000 in grants to assist patients and further community education, and $2,500 in scholarships.
“It’s been an awesome, successful year,” said 2013 chairwoman Christy Miller, but also bittersweet because of the death of one of Project Hope’s founders, Hank Boerner.
HealthWorks! Children’s Health Education Center will use its $3,330 grant to purchase a kid-size spin bike and elliptical trainer for its fitness programming.
“We need more equipment so they can all participate instead of waiting in line,” said Helen Boerner, a HealthWorks! high flying kid motivator.
Other grants announced Friday were:
• NMMC Diabetes Patient Assistance Fund: $8,000 for self-management education and diabetes testing supplies for qualifying patients.
• NMMC Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund: $7,500 helps provide pain and anti-nausea medications, nutritional supplements and assistance with transportation.
• Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic: $6,150 to assist with treatment, education and screenings for the working uninsured in Lee County.
• NMMC Heart Patient Assistance Fund: $5,000 to provide assistance with medications, education, transportation and rehabilitation for those who qualify.
• Camp Breathe EZZZZE: $2,550 for programming during the annual camp for children with asthma to emphasize the importance of regular exercise and healthy habits.
ANYONE INTERESTED in forming a team for the 2014 Festival of Hope can contact Liz Dawson at (662) 377-4013.