Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation Receives CVS Caremark Grant|
DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation recently announced that it is the recipient of a $1,000 CVS Caremark Community Grant to support H²OPE, an aquatic fitness program for children with special needs in the area. The H²OPE Program is offered free of charge at Texas Health Finley Ewing Cardiovascular & Fitness Center Dallas, with the support of the Different Strokes Swim School.
“We are grateful to CVS Caremark for answering a need of children with disabilities in our community,” said Jay McAuley, President of Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. “For many of our patients, the H²OPE program is one of their main outlets for social and physical activity. It is vital that we ensure this support is available to them now and in the future.”
H²OPE provides an alternative recreational activity to help meet physical, cognitive, and psychological needs of children with disabilities. Aquatic exercise helps these patients decrease tone and spasms; decrease weight bearing on joints; decrease tactile stimulus; increase relaxation and range of motion; and increase confidence and self-esteem.
“The H²OPE water exercise program enables special needs children to achieve exercise and movement patterns they often cannot do on land,” said Sheryl W. Brown, PT, MSPT, Manager of Rehabilitation Services at the Ewing Fitness Center. “This program is delivered at no cost to them so it is especially helpful when insurance no longer pays for formal therapies.”
The CVS Caremark Community Grant to support H²OPE is part of CVS Caremark’s commitment to its communities throughout the country. Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation was selected to receive a grant through the CVS Caremark Community Grants 2009 grant application process.
“CVS Caremark Community Grants are an effective way for us to contribute to the success of communities where we do business,” said Jennifer Veilleux, Director of CVS Caremark Corporation. “We are proud to support the work that Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation does in the community.”
CVS Caremark Community Grants were awarded to organizations that share a common vision with CVS Caremark’s All Kids Can™ program, which strives to make life easier for children with disabilities. The goal of the program is to create more inclusive environments for children with and without disabilities to build self-esteem, lasting friendships and social skills, and to help children without disabilities learn diversity and tolerance.
“CVS Caremark is committed to helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life," said Denny Tewell, area vice president, Texas, CVS/pharmacy. “Through this grant, we are proud to be able to help make an impact on the lives of children in the Dallas community.”
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