Memphis Grizzlies Fund Le Bonheur Relief Efforts in Haiti

Posted by JD Graffam on February 05, 2010

Players, coaches and ownership contribute $50,000 to Le Bonheur medical staffs in Haiti

The Memphis Grizzlies players, coaches and ownership announced on January 26 that they will be donating $50,000 to help fund Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center’s team of physicians and medical personnel who will be traveling to Haiti to address the immediate and critical care needs of Haitian children who have been affected by the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that have hit the region. 

Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center has assembled a team to send to the Haiti region that includes orthopedic and general surgeons, a critical care physician, an anesthesiologist, a registered nurse anesthetist, a general care nurse and several other select support personnel. 

“Led by our head coach, Lionel Hollins, the Grizzlies wanted to collectively do our part to aid the relief efforts in Haiti,” said Grizzlies team captain Zach Randolph.  “We hope that this contribution to Le Bonheur helps the people who are suffering from this tragic event.”

By partnering with Le Bonheur, the Grizzlies are bringing awareness to the crisis in Haiti to the city of Memphis and assisting a local partner that’s providing immediate relief.  Since the first devastating earthquake hit the region on Jan. 12, the Grizzlies have run in-game video features and live reads on television and radio broadcasts on FOX Sports Tennessee, SportSouth and WRBO 103.5 FM that encourage people to aid in the relief efforts. 

Founded in 1952, Le Bonheur Children’s is a national leader in pediatric clinical care and research, and is the region’s premier teaching hospital for future pediatricians, pediatric surgical specialists and clinicians.  The Grizzlies have been partners with Le Bonheur since the team moved to Memphis.

Fans can keep up with the Le Bonheur mission by visiting lebonheur.org/blogs/lebonheurresponds

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