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. In 2011 Tammy partnered with the Broward Health Foundation and to date she and her squad of dedicated men and women have raised more than $500,000 for breast cancer patients right here in Broward County. 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.
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. Broward Health Foundation has been fortunate to partner with the Salah Foundation on a number of important projects, including the renovation of the Adult Infusion Center at Broward Health Medical Center and the history-making $10 million gift to rename the children's hospital, the Salah Foundation Children's Hospital. Through the generosity of the Salah Foundation, pediatric services have improved and expanded across the Broward Heath hospital system.
The Salah Foundation runs a targeted grant process and select organizations will be invited to apply.
Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund
A Profile of Lisa Boccard and the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund Broward Health Coral Springs
At the age of just 29, Lisa Boccard was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. 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, in 2003, 11 years 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. Along with her brother Vince and his wife Terry, they established the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund at Broward Health Coral Springs and have raised more than $650,000 to help provide screening mammograms and breast cancer treatment to financially needy patients. Several fundraising events take place throughout the community to raise money for the fund, including the popular Race for Women’s Wellness 5K and Half Marathon that brings together more than 2,000 people to help those patients fighting this terrible disease. And remember that five year deadline Lisa was given? Well, it’s been over 15 years since the prognosis and Lisa is still here as driven and determined as ever!
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.
Most recently, the Lillian S. Wells Foundation contributed $1 million to renovate and name the Neurological Institute at Broward Health North. The Lillian S. Wells Neurological Institute will provide comprehensive neurological care and services in a central location providing critical services for patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, memory disorder, balance issues, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. The Broward Health Foundation is grateful for the continued generosity of the Lillian S. Wells Foundation and the impact these gifts are having on patients in our community.
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.
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 Pediatric 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.