Parkland Foundation Names New CEO

Michael Horne will be the CEO of the Parkland Foundation after David Krause announced his plans to retire this fall. Horne is a career educator who last served as superintendent of the Knowledge is Power Program schools in Dallas, and will begin in August. While at KIPP, Horne oversaw 300 employees and managed millions in a budget made of federal, state, and philanthropic dollars. The network grew from one school with 300 students to seven schools with 3,000 students under his leadership, partnering with organizations and donors along the way. In his new role, Horne will manage the foundation and… Full Story

North Texas CEOs Team Up to Fund Hope Lodge

The North Texas CEOs Against Cancer chapter of the American Cancer Society has pledged to raise funds for a year of operating expenses for the Hope Lodge, a lodging facility for patients and their families receiving treatment for cancer in Dallas. The Dallas-Fort Worth-based executives will show their commitment to cancer care by helping fund the 40,000 square foot facility, which will have 50 private suites, common living areas, laundry, a library and more. It is expected to provide 18,000 nights of free lodging each year, and guests can benefit from American Cancer Society programming. The facility is being built… Full Story

Free Lodging for Cancer Patients with Help from Jerry Jones Family, American Cancer Society, Baylor, and More

Cancer patients and their caregivers who come to North Texas for treatment will now have a place to stay while being treated at any of the area’s medical centers. The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge will be built on property donated by Baylor Scott and White Health near its Baylor University Medical Center campus. The lodge will help serve the thousands of cancer patients who travel to the region for cancer treatment they can’t get in their home town, often spending weeks or months away from home. In addition to the inconveniences of being stuck in a hotel… Full Story

THR Awards $5.2 Million to Address Social Determinants of Health

In Johnson County, the suicide rate for seniors is 25 percent above the Texas average, but a grant from Texas Health Resources is working to help isolated seniors. THR will be distributing $5.2 million worth of community impact grants all across North Texas to address everything from depression to food scarcity. The initiative is called Texas Health Community Impact and focuses on specific ZIP codes where chronic disease and premature death are more common, and partners with agencies in education, healthcare, and government. The funds will be directed toward 12 agencies across five geographic regions made up of 401 ZIP codes… Full Story

Southwest Transplant Alliance’s New VP

Kirsten Gappelberg is the new Southwest Transplant Alliance Vice President of Marketing Communications and Foundation Relations. She will direct the organization’s community engagement activities, marketing and communications functions, and Outlive Yourself Foundation. Gappelberg has 20 years of experience in the communications and corporate social responsibility fields. Prior to STA, she led similar efforts at Mary Kay Inc., where she ran The Mary Kay Foundation. She began her career with JDA Software and with public relations agency Springbok Cohn and Wolfe. Southwest Transplant Alliance is a nonprofit organization that connects organ donors and those in need of lifesaving organs in much of Texas.… Full Story

A Local Eye Surgeon is Repairing Sight for Those Who Can’t Afford It

A teacher who can no longer read her students’ papers. A truck driver who can’t pass his vision test. When someone loses their vision, they lose more than just the ability to get around; they can lose their careers as well. Without a job, it can be difficult of prohibitively expensive to purchase insurance. Without insurance, fixing the vision loss can also prove impossible. It is this vicious cycle that Operation Sight is hoping to end, and the organization is teaming up with local surgeons such as Dr. Jeffrey Whitman at the Key-Whitman Eye Center in Dallas. According to Operation… Full Story

Texas Medical Association Foundation Awards Local Garden Nonprofit

Dallas nonprofit Promise of Peace Gardens has been awarded the 2019 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award by the Texas Medical Association Foundation. Promise of Peace promotes gardening, nutrition, and giving in Dallas’ food deserts. The group earned the award for its Soup It Forward program, where it provides monthly ingredients and recipes for soups for 15o families. Families in the program help tend the gardens, learning how to grow food and engage in their community. They take home a sack of nutritional vegetables to prepare and share with their neighbors. The garden benefits 600 people annually, and includes… Full Story

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Names New CEO

Melissa Aucoin has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition after serving in an interim role as CEO since June. Previously, Aucoin was the Director of Events and Operations, where she was responsible for the Dallas-based organization’s national events, such as the Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, over 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and nearly 14,000 will die from the disease. Ranking fifth in deaths among women, one in 78 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Usually occurring in older… Full Story

Community Organizations Awarded $1.8 Million from BCBS of Texas

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has awarded $1.8 Million to community based organizations to fight and and manage chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Richardson-based BCBS of Texas has awarded more than $10 million Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grants to focus on the two diseases. The two diseases often go hand in hand, and research has shown that COPD increases the risk of mortality for patients with CKD by 41 percent, especially among women and children. “We launched this strategy understanding that this was an opportunity to impact two chronic diseases that are impacting the lives of… Full Story

The ‘Magic’ of Make-a-Wish Reduces Hospital Visits for Recipients

When 16-year-old Christina Riccio was in the depths of her treatment for stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she threw pancakes at her mother because they were the wrong flavor. As a teenager who wanted to be anywhere but the hospital, she took out her frustration on the one who was there to receive the abuse. She didn’t understand why her mother was always so upset. Wasn’t she the sick one? Thankfully, Riccio would make it through the treatment, and go on to be a physician herself at UT Southwestern, where she is on faculty as an anesthesiologist. Along the way she had… Full Story