Southwest General helps make dreams come true for children with special needs
At Southwest General, we know how important it is to help make dreams come
true and put a smile on the face of community children who face mental
or physical challenges.
A Commitment to Fulfilling the Dreams of Special Needs Pediatric Patients
In addition to the medical services they routinely provide, Southwest General's
caring and compassionate
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) professionals are proud of the programs they have developed
to help special needs pediatric patients, including the Fulfill a Dream
program and the C.O.O.L. Kids Race.
Community Involvement at Its Finest
The following programs are conducted by PM&R staff members who volunteer
their time to work with these children and their families.
C.O.O.L. (Children Overcoming Obstacles in Life) Kids Race
This annual event is for physically and/or mentally challenged children
of all ages. The race takes place on the grounds of
LifeWorks of Southwest General and is held rain or shine. In nice weather, the children
complete laps around an outdoor track. In rainy weather, the race moves
indoors to the gym area.
On race day, children and their families are invited to join in a pre-race
warm up. The race then starts with the youngest age groups and gradually
moves to the older age groups. For each group, children in wheelchairs
and walkers go first. Each child receives a T-shirt, a medal and a prize
for participating in the race. After the race there are games, activities
and refreshments for the children and their families. It’s a fun-filled
day for everyone!
The C.O.O.L. Kids race is supported by generous donations from physicians,
families, Southwest General staff members, community organizations and
members of the public. Funds raised by the race help support the "Fulfill
a Dream" program.
"Fulfill a Dream" Program
This program is supported in large part by funds raised from the C.O.O.L.
Kids Race. It is designed to help fulfill the dreams of pediatric patients
who have significant physical or mental challenges, but who are not terminally
ill.Through "Fulfill a Dream," Southwest General PM&R staff
members are able to help children who wish to do something special that
their families can't afford, often due to medical expenses. In the
past, dreams of an adaptive playground, a tricycle made for two and even
a remodeled pediatric floor have come to life thanks to the "Fulfill
a Dream" program.
We Look Forward to Helping You
For more information on these programs, call