Clin­ics Can Help tees off for much needed med­i­cal equip­ment

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Clin­ics Can Help (CCH), a non­profit that pro­vides med­i­cal equip­ment to those in need, is host­ing its in­au­gu­ral golf tour­na­ment May16 at At­lantis Coun­try Club in Palm Beach County. Funds raised from the event will be used for the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s main med­i­cal out­reach Lend­ing Closet pro­gram.

“The Clin­ics Can Help Lend­ing Closet is avail­able for chil­dren and adults in need of med­i­cal equip­ment,” said Owen O’Neill, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of CCH. “The items in the Lend­ing Closet can truly make a dif­fer­ence in the heal­ing, as well as the qual­ity of life for in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with spe­cific med­i­cal needs. We work each day to en­sure equal ac­cess to care and equip­ment is pro­vided for all - no mat­ter the sit­u­a­tion. Events such as this golf tour­na­ment help us to raise funds to fur­ther ex­pand our mis­sion and as­sist those in need.”

Golfer Dana Quigley will serve as hon­orary chair­man for the tour­na­ment. Quigley orig­i­nally be­came in­volved with the non­profit when his son Devon was in need of med­i­cal equip­ment fol­low­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent that left him se­verely in­jured.

Adam and Jennifer Got­tlieb, along with their son Cole, will serve as fam­ily am­bas­sadors. The Got­tlieb fam­ily has used the Lend­ing Closet pro­gram for 4-year-old Cole since he was 2. Cole was born with cere­bral palsy, a per­ma­nent con­di­tion af­fect­ing con­trol of his mo­tor skills.

“Fam­i­lies like the Got­tliebs are prime ex­am­ples of the im­pact that Clin­ics Can Help can have to make life more ac­ces­si­ble for those with an ill­ness or disability,” con­tin­ued O’Neill. “We are ex­cited to honor them at our in­au­gu­ral golf tour­na­ment and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to help thou­sands of fam­i­lies each year.”

CCH, cur­rently the only non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in Palm Beach County that col­lects and re­fur­bishes med­i­cal equip­ment, as­sists more than1,500 in­di­vid­u­als and dozens of or­ga­ni­za­tions yearly through the do­na­tion of durable med­i­cal equip­ment and sup­plies.

The golf tour­na­ment will take place at At­lantis County Club and will give golfers the op­por­tu­nity to spend the day on the rolling greens while en­joy­ing the South Florida sun­shine. Reg­is­tra­tion for the event be­gins at11:30 a.m., with a shot­gun start at1p.m. and an awards pre­sen­ta­tion and re­cep­tion at 5 p.m. Prizes will be given for clos­est-to-the-pin and long­est drive for both women and men. There will also be a spe­cial hole-in-one con­test prize.

Tick­ets are $125 per player or $500 per four­some. En­try fee in­cludes golf, range balls, driv­ing range, prac­tice and putting green, green and cart fees, goody bag, lunch, cock­tail re­cep­tion and awards cer­e­mony.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Mau­reenAshe at 561-640-2995 or email Mau­reen@Clin­ic­scan­help.org.

Donat­ing wheel­chairs and hospi­tal beds to pa­tients in 2005 was how lo­cal hospice nurse Owen O’Neill founded the grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tion. O’Neill and the com­mu­nity have since as­sisted more than1,400 clients by donat­ing more than $600,000 worth of re­cy­cled med­i­cal equip­ment.

To ar­range a loan of med­i­cal equip­ment, call CCHat 561-640-2995 or visit the West Palm Beach of­fice at1550 Latham Road, Unit #10.

Rachel Fa­gan, 7, front, and Kathy Fa­gan

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