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VOL. 10 | NO. 39 | Saturday, September 23, 2017

Children's Foundation Donates $2M to Memphis Medical Institutions

By Andy Meek

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The Children’s Foundation of Memphis is donating $2 million to endow a chair of excellence at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and establish the first cerebral palsy research center in the southeastern United States.

The foundation, which made the donations to mark its 100th anniversary, said the funds are meant to continue its legacy “of finding new ways to better the lives of children,” according to a letter detailing the gifts.

To mark its 100th anniversary, the Children’s Foundation of Memphis is donating $1 million to endow a chair of excellence at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, with another $1 million gift pledged to the Campbell Foundation to establish a Center for Excellence for Cerebral Palsy at Le Bonheur. (Daily News File/Brandon Dill)

One of the $1 million donations is going to the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Foundation to endow a Children’s Foundation of Memphis Chair of Excellence.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has matched that gift with another $1 million, and the first recipient of that honor has been chosen. He’s Dr. John DeVincenzo, an infectious disease specialist focused on the respiratory syncytial virus at the Children’s Foundation of Memphis Institute.

Another $1 million gift, meanwhile, has been pledged by the Children’s Foundation of Memphis to the Campbell Foundation, the charitable trust for Campbell Clinic physicians. That gift will establish a Center for Excellence for Cerebral Palsy at Le Bonheur focused on what the foundation says is an “integrated, multidisciplinary team approach” for children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular diseases.

The Campbell Foundation is pledging to raise more money to keep that center going. That center, the first in the southeast U.S., will be known as the Children’s Foundation of Memphis Center for Cerebral Palsy Research.

The Children’s Foundation is the name of what was once known as the Crippled Children’s Hospital Foundation. It was established after the sale of the old Crippled Children’s Hospital on Lamar Avenue to Methodist Health Systems Inc.

Proceeds from the sale were used to establish the foundation, which in 2001 changed its name to the Children’s Foundation of Memphis.

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