The Salah Foundation
The Salah Foundation is a private foundation that supports non-profit organizations in the United States that strengthen families and communities and advances individuals to become productive and responsible citizens. There is a special interest in education, medical research, community development and self-sufficiency programs aimed at the economically disadvantaged, the young, the elderly and the disabled.
The Salah Foundation runs a targeted grant process and select organizations will be invited to apply.
American Heritage Pre Med Society
For the past 15 years the pre-med students at American Heritage School have raised money to benefit pediatric cancer patients at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital. The Pre-Med Society is comprised of approximately 200 students in grades 7 – 12. Their partnership with the Children’s Hospital started with an annual holiday party for pediatric cancer patients and has since evolved to include a pizza party in October, during which time the patients write letters to Santa and include their gift wish list. Then, over the next two months, the pre-med students work tirelessly to fundraise for the money needed to grant each of these patients’ their wishes. In December a huge Christmas party is held during which time Santa presents the kids with their presents, holiday songs are sung and the kids have lunch and participate in games, arts and crafts projects. Often joining in the festivities are several members of the Miami Dolphins football team, their wives as well as Dolphins Cheerleaders.
As if that weren’t enough, 10 years ago the American Heritage students wanted to make a physical impact on the hospital where so many of these children spend their time as they battle cancer. The students organized the 5K for a Better Day race that has raised more than $200,000 in just 10 years. The first $100,000 that was raised went toward the construction of a new playroom in the Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center. The students continue to visit the playroom and donate additional tv’s, video games and dvd players.
In 2010 the American Heritage School Pre-Med Society was named the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization in Broward County by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). This prestigious award recognized the hard work of these students who have impacted the lives of countless patients at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital. Pictured above, from left to right: 2009 Award Winner Lorraine Thomas with members of the American Heritage Pre-Med Society including Kevin Perez, Zachary Winder, Lauren Cardenas, Joel Haines, and Ashley Roseman; Faculty Advisor, Dr. Carlos Pulido; AFP Co-Chair, Sasha Moon; and AFP Co-Chair, Meredith Feder.
Lillian S. Wells Foundation
The beautiful Lillian S. Wells Women’s Center at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale provides critical patient services in a comfortable and relaxing spa-like environment.
Thousands of women in our community, especially those who are battling breast cancer, are benefiting from the generosity of the Lillian S. Wells Foundation. Within just the last few years, the Wells Foundation has contributed more than $5.5 million to the Broward Health Foundation to fund critical initiatives to help save women’s lives.
For more information about the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center, visit https://www.browardhealth.org/lsw
In 2009, the Wells Foundation gave $4.5 million for the creation of the 13,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center at Broward Health Medical Center. The Women’s Center provides life-saving tests and treatments in a spa-like atmosphere. It is staffed by renowned women’s healthcare specialists, and is equipped with today’s most advanced diagnostic and treatment equipment. It’s a new kind of healthcare center—one that treats the whole woman, not just individual symptoms, focusing on helping women lead healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives.
Recently, the Wells Foundation gave an additional $625,000 for the purchase of a breast Tomosynthesis system which helps to identify cancers earlier with greater accuracy and reduced x-ray exposure. This is just one more example of the continued generosity of the Wells Foundation and the impact their gifts are having on patients in our community.
Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund
A Profile of Lisa Boccard and Her Breast Cancer Fund
To look at her, you would never know that Lisa Boccard is living with metastatic breast cancer. She’s youthful, attractive, in top shape, and has an enthusiastic personality. Yet Lisa will always be on some type of treatment to battle her breast cancer. Currently she is still battling and receiving treatment—but she has found a silver lining.
Lisa Boccard’s story with this disease began over twenty five years ago when, at the age of twenty-nine, she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. The diagnosis came after nine months of visiting doctors and being misdiagnosed.
After enduring a mastectomy, chemotherapy, stem cell replacement, and radiation treatment, Lisa successfully defeated the disease and, after ten years, was declared “cancer free.” That’s why it came as a shock to her when, on September 5, 2003, eleven years and one day from her original diagnosis, Lisa was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer—and given five years to live.
But, from the beginning of Lisa’s journey with breast cancer, she made the decision to fight the disease and make a difference. In 2003, Lisa, her brother Vince (a Coral Springs City Commissioner), and his wife Terry developed the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Foundation and approached Broward Health Coral Springs to be their healthcare partner. Their goal was to help provide free screening mammograms to women in the community who could not personally afford them. Their initiative quickly grew, and, in 2008, it evolved to become the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. The mission was then expanded from providing screening mammograms to providing further breast care treatment to financially needy women. To date, the Fund has raised more than $350,000, helping to provide more than 2,100 mammograms, identify over 100 women with breast cancer, and provide follow-up treatment for them. Best of all the women diagnosed through the Fund are alive today.
Lisa’s passion for life and helping other women is truly why the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund has had an immense success. Her ability to inspire those around her, just as she initially inspired her brother to create the fund, is what brings her to do what she does.
And about the five-year deadline that Lisa was given? It has been 15 years since that prognosis, and Lisa is still as driven, determined, and optimistic as ever. It doesn’t mean that it’s easy, however. “If it wasn’t for cancer, I wouldn’t be doing any of this. Maybe this is how my life was supposed to turn out,” she says. “I have had twenty-five surgeries since 1991, but I find ways to get back on my feet every time. I do whatever I can to spread awareness about the disease. I encourage women to do breast self-exams, because early detection is everything.” With such positive determination, Lisa has pushed aside a terrifying diagnosis to become a truly terrific breast cancer advocate.
Africk Family Foundation
The Africk Family Foundation partnered with the Broward Health Foundation in February 2018 to raise much-needed funds for The Wellness Center at Broward Health Medical Center through the creation of a Spin-a-thon. Thank you to Pamela Africk and her family’s foundation for being the title sponsor and contributing $10,000 toward the inaugural Africk Family Foundation Spin-a-thon. Thank you also to Fitness Smith for supporting this event. Plans are already in the works for next year’s 2nd Annual Spin-a-thon. Stay tuned for details.
Envision Healthcare Holdings
Along with sponsoring several Broward Health Foundation signature events, Envision Healthcare Holdings, a leading national provider of clinical department outsourcing services, contributed $1.5 million toward the KIDS Campaign at Broward Health. Envision, through its EmCare, Inc. business unit, has had a long-term relationship with Broward Health spanning more than 30 years. The Pediatrix Emergency Department at Broward Health will be named in recognition of this extraordinary gift.
EmCare is an industry leader in outsourced physician services. EmCare-affiliated physicians and clinicians provide emergency medicine, hospital medicine, general and trauma surgery, anesthesiology and radiology/teleradiology care to hundreds of hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the country.
Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, EmCare’s success is based on its commitment to quality physician leadership and is backed with comprehensive support programs that allow physicians to focus on patients and high-quality medical care. EmCare is the only company that provides its customers with a single source for emergency medicine, hospital medicine, acute care surgery, anesthesiology and radiology services — and the company offers clients the flexibility of contracting for a single service, or numerous services, all with the same management and goals. For more information, visit EmCare.com.
Mednax, Inc. & Pediatrix Medical Group
MEDNAX, Inc. is a national health solutions partner comprised of the nation's leading providers of physician services. Physicians and advanced practitioners practicing as part of MEDNAX are reshaping the delivery of care within their specialties and subspecialties, using evidence-based tools, continuous quality initiatives, clinical research and telemedicine to enhance patient outcomes and provide high-quality, cost-effective care. Pediatrix Medical Group is a Mednax Company.
In addition to sponsoring a number of Foundation signature events, this longtime supporter of Broward Health Foundation, pledged $2 million to the KIDS Campaign to name the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital.
The Company was founded in 1979, and today, through its affiliated professional corporations, MEDNAX provides services through a network of approximately 4,100 physicians in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. In addition to its national physician network, MEDNAX provides services to healthcare facilities and physicians in over 40 states through two complementary businesses, consisting of a management services company and a consulting services company. Additional information is available at www.mednax.com.
Lorraine Thomas is one of South Florida’s most generous benefactors. She has donated millions of dollars to local charities and not for profit organizations. Her husband, Dave Thomas, was the founder and chief executive officer of Wendy’s, one of the largest hamburger chains in the world. Although Dave Thomas passed away in 2002, Lorraine has continued the legacy of philanthropy she and her husband started many decades ago. In addition to Lorraine’s most recent contribution of $2 million to name the I. Lorraine Thomas Pediatric Sub Specialty Unit at Broward Health Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital, she already has contributed nearly $3 million to Broward Health including gifts to the Heart Center of Excellence and the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Glam-A-THON™ event series is the high heeled creation of head-diva, Tammy Gail, launched in 2006. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, Tammy underwent a series of treatments, surgeries and life altering experiences. As a young breast cancer patient she was raising a child, running a successful business, and was about to face some very difficult decisions in the coming months during her course of treatment. After vowing that cancer was not going to rob her and her family of their future together, she kicked it into high gear. Tammy and her PHENOMENAL Glam Board have been moving & shaking to create a sassy, funky, and outrageous event series that gets bigger and better every year.