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For­mer Texas quar­ter­back Colt McCoy has teamed up with Scott and White Health­care in an ef­fort to raise $50 mil­lion for a planned chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal in Tem­ple.

McCoy spoke to the me­dia about the hos­pi­tal Mon­day, when he said he was drawn to the project be­cause of per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence. McCoy said when he was younger, his fam­ily of­ten had to travel two hours to the near­est hos­pi­tal so his younger brother, Case, could re­ceive treat­ment for a skin con­di­tion.

Case will be a fresh­man quar­ter­back at Texas this fall while his older brother be­gins his NFL ca­reer with the Cleve­land Browns.

“For the kids in Cen­tral Texas, the small-town kids around this area and their fam­i­lies,” McCoy said, “this is a place they can come and get the best treat­ment around, the best at­mos­phere, the best peo­ple around them to help them re­cover as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

Scott and White Health­care said the hos­pi­tal, the first stand-alone chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal be­tween Austin and Dal­las, is sched­uled to open in late 2011.

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Colt McCoy speaks with re­porters af­ter the an­nounce­ment that he will serve as spokesman for a cam­paign to raise $50 mil­lion to build a new chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal in Tem­ple.

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