C.A.M.P. for a cause buys medical equipment for patients in need
Established by the Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital’s Foundation in 2011, C.A.M.P. (Community Assisting Medical Patients) for a Cause was organized by a volunteer committee to raise funds to support the following communities: St. Clair, Sullivan, Bourbon, Cuba, Leasburg and Steelville. The goal of the program is to provide support directly for patients and families, including pharmacy assistance, durable medical equipment and/or hospital services. Patients in need of financial assistance can submit applications to the program for consideration.
To support the program, C.A.M.P. for a Cause funds are raised all year long with a celebration event held each year in June. Participants select specific health conditions to support, such as heart disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, breast cancer, colon cancer, fetal demise, Alzheimer’s disease and a general assistance fund. Hospital departments hold fundraisers for C.A.M.P., including a parking lot sale, big bass tournament and 5K run/walk. C.A.M.P. for a Cause also relies on donors and local businesses to support the program during the year, as well as the event.
C.A.M.P. for a Cause’s efforts have truly paid off. Within the last two years, several area residents have received support from the program.
For example, Trevor Witt, a Sullivan resident who suffers from muscular dystrophy, sought financial assistance to purchase a special set of splints manufactured by Dynasplint® Systems. These splints stretch joints in the arms and legs that are lacking range of motion. The benefits can be life-changing.
Muscular dystrophy patients, like Trevor, often deal with progressive muscle weakness, limited range of movement, muscle contractures, an inability to walk and poor balance. Wearing a Dynasplint can help prevent contractures and loss of movement by providing a continual gradual stretch to the joint so that the shortened soft tissue will begin to lengthen and become remodeled. This assistance is critical to helping Trevor cope with his muscular dystrophy and improve his quality of life.
“Without C.A.M.P., Trevor would not have been able to get these much-needed splints,” said Tammy Witt, Trevor’s mother. “We are very appreciative of this program and everything it has done for our community.”
For more information about C.A.M.P. for a Cause, contact Maggie Head at (573) 468-1303 or Stacey Dace at (573) 860-7951.