Gifts Make a Difference

giftsblog's picture
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 3:34pm

“I took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for a family member and my good friend Brian Laird who we lost to ALS in 2012. Before he died Brian and his family established a fund at Community Medical Centers called “The Laird’s Gift” that helps patients with ALS and other neurological disorders.  In honor of Brian, I directed my support for ALS to help patients here where I work.


Gifts Make a Difference

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 1:14pm

The spirit of the holidays filled the neuroscience inpatient unit at Community Regional Medical Center as the Encore volunteer group of young professionals paraded the halls with holiday cheer delivering gifts talking with patients and their families. The families and staff were overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity of this young group.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 2:07pm

Carl and Barbara Ueland were having a nice evening with friends at a dinner at the Fresno Convention Center, and then in an instant everything changed. While they were walking to the car, Barbara had a heart attack. Carl put her in the car and drove quickly to Community Regional Medical Center’s emergency department. Security guard Aaron Clark helped get her inside. Once there, the care team couldn’t find Barbara’s pulse. They called a Code Blue. The team started working on her with paddles.


Monday, August 6, 2012 - 2:04pm

I just concluded a great meeting with a local employer who wants me to help form a partnership with Community Medical Foundation and work with their employee population to make regular contributions to the Medical Center.  What a GREAT example of corporate citizenship!  Not only are we talking about their employee population contributing via payroll deduction, but the company will then match every dollar 2-1!  So, if their employee gives $1.00, Community Medical Centers receives $3.00.  It is VERY cool and super generous.  This is awesome and renews my belief that n


Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 5:13pm

I just had the privilege to coordinate a videotaping of Brian Laird, a great friend who happens to be battling ALS – the same debilitating neuromuscular disease that Lou Gehrig died from.  While it is difficult to watch him decline physically, it is uplifting to help him plan and work toward a way to make things better for others who may have neurological disorders, brain tumors, spine injuries, strokes or other neurological issues.  Brian, his wife Jill, and their family and friends have come together to raise money in support of bringing a comprehensive world-class neurosc


Friday, July 6, 2012 - 3:18pm

I just concluded a great meeting with one of the nation’s most progressive heart / lung specialists and our CEO of Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital, Wanda Holderman.