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St. David’s HealthCare Grants Wishes for Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas Recipients During UT/Baylor Football Game

St. David's HealthCare November 02, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas—On October 29, immediately following the first quarter of The University of Texas (UT) versus Baylor University football game, St. David’s HealthCare—an official healthcare provider of Texas Athletics and the game’s presenting sponsor—granted the wishes of two Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas recipients on the field at Darrell K.Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.

As part of the presentation—which included UT mascot, Hook ‘Em, and a princess—7-year-old Jacqueline and 3-year-old Clay were granted trips to Disney World in Florida during the holidays. Both Jacqueline and Clay are battling leukemia.

“St. David’s HealthCare is committed to meeting the needs of its community—both within the walls of its hospitals and beyond,” Denise Bradley, vice president of communication and community affairs for St. David’s HealthCare, said. “When facing a medical challenge, a wish can be a game-changer for children and their families, and we are proud to be able to grant these children’s wishes.”

Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas has granted more than 4,500 wishes to area children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

“The act of making a child’s wish come true can give them the strength and courage to continue fighting his or her illness—it’s a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak,” Kathrin Brewer, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas, said. “We are grateful to St. David’s HealthCare for allowing us the opportunity to make even more wishes come true!”

St. David’s HealthCare

With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence—in 2014. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 8,700 employees.

St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management company and two local non-profits—St. David’s Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David’s HealthCare in 1996, more than $269 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas.

Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas

With the help of generous donors and more than 250 volunteers, Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas has granted more than 4,500 wishes since its inception in 1985. Last year alone, Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas made it possible for 266 kids to receive the gift of a wish. This year, with the help of its community, the organization will be able to grant 280 wishes or more. For more information on how to get involved, visit CSTX.Wish.org.

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