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UofL Cares campaign spotlight: Kosair Charities

by UofL Cares last modified Nov 14, 2013 04:04 PM

By making Kosair Charities a charity of choice for your UofL Cares gift you will be helping us do so much in so many different ways to help so many kids.

In addition to being the largest benefactor to Kosair Childrens’ Hospital, our recently announced 2012 ‒ 13 grants will provide more than $19 million to 95 nonprofits.

The University of Louisville is a long-standing partner in our quest to ensure happy, healthy childhoods for the kids of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The history of the partnership between Kosair Charities and UofL dates back almost 90 years to the very beginning of Kosair Charities and the Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital — with Kosair Charities providing the funding and the facilities and UofL orthopedic and pediatric faculty providing the expertise and the care for our Kosair Kids®.

After the closing of the Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital, Kosair and UofL have continued to work together with Kosair Charities providing funding for programs at UofL that serve children. It has included funding for the Kosair Charities Pediatric Center, the Kosair Charities Pediatric Cancer Research Cente, and the Kosair Charities endowed professor in pediatric cardiology at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute among many, many other programs.

In 2010 UofL and Kosair Charities worked together to open the UofL Autism Center at Kosair Charities with Kosair Charities providing rent-free space for this facility. This year a UofL Medical-Dental Home for underserved children was opened on the Kosair Charities Campus, again with Kosair Charities providing rent-free space and UofL faculty providing the expertise and the care.

Again this year UofL has been awarded an additional $1 million in grant funding from Kosair Charities including the Pediatric Forensics Program, a program that Kosair Charities considers one of our most important partnerships to date. Kosair Charities is working with physicians Jerry Rabalais and Melissa Currie, along with other community leaders, on our recently launched Face It movement to stop fatalities from child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. Kosair Charities believes this can be accomplished and has made a 10--year commitment to lead this important initiative.

But again, there is so much more to the Kosair Charities story, including the Kosair Charities Special Kids Program that helps individual families which cannot afford to pay for the health care that their children desperately need.

So Kosair Charities invites UofL faculty and staff to visit Kosair.org or stop by the Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre to learn more.

As always, thank you for your thoughtful consideration of making Kosair Charities one of your charities of choice during the 2013 UofL Cares Campaign.

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