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Sunday, 05 June 2011 10:11

Cardinal Glennon Center fund-raiser slated, June 11-12

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The weekend of June 11-12 people throughout Illinois are invited to contribute to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, said Rose Fogarty, communications manager at the Cardinal Glennon Foundation. The theme for this year’s collection on Glennon Sunday is “Where Faith and Healing Unite.”

Donations to Glennon Sunday in 2011 will be dedicated to the Children’s Fund, which assists patients throughout the hospital in the care of cancer, heart defects, prematurity, trauma, infectious diseases and other needs.

Although the medical center is located in St. Louis, the hospital has many connections to people in Illinois. “We treated children from 85 of the 102 counties in Illinois during 2010,” Fogarty said. One third of the medical center’s employees are from Illinois, she added. Moreover, almost half of all preemies in the NICU at Cardinal Glennon came from Illinois.

“Because of the enormous impact Cardinal Glennon has on Metro East families, we pray that our Illinois neighbors in faith will join with Missouri Catholics to support this important annual campaign,” said Dan Buck, executive director of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. “With the generous support of our faith-filled friends throughout the bi-state region, Cardinal Glennon will continue to be there for hundreds of thousands of sick children in the future.”

The mission of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is to reveal the healing presence of God through exceptional health care services. Cardinal Glennon is part of SSM Health Care, one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the country. SSM Health Care is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary and owns, manages, and is affiliated with nursing homes and acute-care hospitals in four states — Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

Donations to Glennon Sunday can be made by returning the envelope included in this week’s Catholic Times paper or through www.glennon.org.