The 12th annual Simmons Employee Foundation Golf Tournament on June 24 benefited two area charities dedicated to providing medical services to sick children in need.
This year’s recipients were Friends of Wings and World Pediatric Project, both in St. Louis.
“As a law firm that focuses on helping people suffering from unjust medical injuries, our board members were especially moved by the missions of these charities to help children diagnosed with serious illnesses,” said SEF Director Amy Fair, a registered nurse and the firm’s director of medical relations. “We are honored to play some small part in helping children who may not normally be able to receive the care and support they need.”
As part of the BJC Healthcare network, Friends of Wings provides supportive care and hospice to children, ages birth to 21, diagnosed with terminal illnesses. Established in 1997, the organization aims to comfort children and their families through an approach that demonstrates the importance of quality of life. The program offers many services to its patients, including nursing, medical social services, pain management, spiritual support and more. Friends of Wings provides its services at no cost to low-income families and relies on community support and fundraisers. This allows the children and their families to focus solely on quality of life.
World Pediatric Project, founded in 2001, provides pediatric surgical, diagnostic and preventative resources to children in developing countries. This goal is achieved by partnering with hospitals and physicians in St. Louis and around the country to provide treatment to children needing medical attention. Medical teams travel to patients in partner countries to assess treatment needs. When more complex care is required, the organization also transports patients to U.S.-based, or more advanced facilities for treatment. Funds raised by the organization assist in paying travel accommodations for patients and their families. Additionally, the program works locally to provide vital dental care to more than 400 children from low-income St. Louis area families.
“These are two great causes,” Fair said. “I encourage everyone to come out and have some fun while helping fund treatment and supportive care to children who, without these programs, won’t get needed medical care.”