Dirk Nowitzki to Donate to Rare Disease Research

Dirk Nowitzki will donate $20 for every two-pointer the Dallas Mavericks make for a month to research of a rare disease, he said recently. The Mavs superstar is teaming with the iBellieve Foundation to raise money for research on MPS II, also known as Hunter syndrome, a rare and progressively debilitating genetic disorder that almost exclusively affects males. Enlarged heads, buildups of fluid in the brain, bone and joint deformities, and heart valve abnormalities are just some of the complications that can befall MPS II sufferers. Nowitzki is a long-time friend and supporter of iBellieve Foundation founder, Simon Ibell. Alright, so let’s do some math. The… Full Story

Pickens Continues Run of Medical Philanthropy, Breaks Ground on Hospice Center

Back in 1949, T. Boone Pickens married his first wife and, at her request, began attending a Presbyterian church. Despite the fact that his grandfather was a Methodist minister, Pickens began attending services at First Presbyterian Church in Amarillo, and has stayed with the denomination ever since. “This might be my last gift to Presbyterian,” Pickens said Tuesday. “Because at some point I’ll move back to Methodism, because I don’t want to see him [in heaven]…” Whether or not he’ll have to answer to his grandfather for his 64 years of Presbyterianism, Pickens made sure his supposed last donation to… Full Story

Conversation With: Methodist Health System Foundation CEO April Box Chamberlain

Despite what the headline above reads, April Box Chamberlain does much more than serve as president and CEO of the Methodist Health System Foundation. She’s also the senior VP of external affairs for the company, whose purview stretches from McKinney to Midlothian. The company’s flagship center, Methodist Dallas, is currently undergoing a $108 million addition to its trauma center. Later this month, she’ll be named “Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the greater Dallas chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. We sat down with Box Chamberlain to discuss the Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower, Methodist’s role in the expansion… Full Story

T. Boone Pickens Donates $20 Million to Johns Hopkins

Dallas resident T. Boone Pickens plans to give $20 million to The Johns Hopkins University to support potentially vision-saving research at the university’s Wilmer Eye Institute, the university announced Thursday. Pickens has been treated at Wilmer for both cataracts and macular degeneration, the latter of which also afflicted his father, who was legally blind by the time he reached Pickens’ age. Pickens has discussed receiving new macular degeneration treatments developed in just the past decade that preserved his eyesight. “I’m doing pretty good,” Pickens said. “When I have a problem—and I do have an eye problem and all—I find the best, and… Full Story

Baylor Health Sends Medical Supplies to Aid Syrians

Baylor Health employees and volunteers will be packing up medical supplies today, sending them to Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon. Coordinated by Baylor’s Faith In Action Initiative, the effort includes sending hospital stretchers, exam tables, IV poles, therapy tables, surgical bandaging, surgery packs, gloves, sutures, syringes, and needles. “These medical supplies, which are no longer needed by Baylor Health Care System, can make a tremendous difference to the medical facilities that are providing medical care to refugees from Syria,” Faith In Action director Don Sewell said in a statement. “We work with hospitals throughout our own healthcare system as well… Full Story

North Texas Organ-Donation Charity CEO Pockets Two-Thirds of Donations

Three years ago, 13-year-old Taylor Storch died in a skiing accident. Upon her death, her heart was donated to an Arizona woman, her kidneys were sent to Colorado, and  her corneas helped revive the sight of two others. After her death, Taylor’s parents founded Taylor’s Gift, a Coppell-based foundation that raises awareness about the good that comes from organ donation. Some of that good, it seems, is just lining her father’s pockets. Last year, the foundation brought in $163,000 in revenue; the charity’s CEO, Todd Storch, was paid a salary of $100,000, plus $8,500 in expenses. WFAA caught up with Todd… Full Story

Heart Surgery Nonprofit Opens in Dallas

The HeartGift Foundation—a nonprofit that provides free, lifesaving heart surgery to disadvantaged children from around the world—has established a new HeartGift chapter in Dallas, with Children’s Medical Center serving as a strategic partner in providing the surgeries and medical care. The first children to receive corrective heart surgery from the Dallas chapter were a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy from Liberia, in May. This week, a third child will arrive for surgery. Marvin, from Christmas Island, will be accompanied by his mother and will stay with a volunteer host family while in Dallas. The Dallas chapter is the foundation’s sixth,… Full Story

Three Dallas-Fort Worth Groups Up For Aetna “Voices of Health” Grants

Three Dallas-Fort Worth area groups are among 33 finalists in Aetna’s “Voices of Health” campaign, a project aimed at improving the well-being and health of communities nationwide. Dayspring Family Church Summer Feeding Program (Irving), Cowtown Marathon–C.A.L.F. (Fort Worth), and Anita M. Martinez Ballet Folklorico (Dallas) are all finalists for the annual competition, which awards $30,000 to the group that gets the most online votes and $20,000 to the second-place finisher. Aetna created the campaign in 2011 to honor groups that share its goals of closing racial and ethnic health care inequality gaps, and helping people live healthier lives. More than 1.3 million votes… Full Story

Hillcrest Foundation Awards $500,000 to Methodist Health for New Trauma Center

The Hillcrest Foundation has donated a $500,000 grant to support the new Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. The foundation has awarded 26 gifts to Methodist since 1979, totaling more than $2.8 million. “Methodist Health System Foundation is sincerely appreciative to Hillcrest Foundation for their many years of generous support,” said Methodist Health System Foundation president and CEO April Box Chamberlain. “Their recent gift is meaningful to the future of Dallas to ensure that emergency and lifesaving trauma care will be available to serve the needs of all Dallas residents.” The $20 million BrightER campaign,… Full Story