Odessa Brown Children's Clinic Receives Gift from NBA Coach Lenny Wilkens

Seattle, Wash.: Lenny Wilkens, head coach of the New York Knicks and the NBA's winningest coach, recently presented a gift of $100,000 raised through his annual Lenny Wilkens Celebrity Classic to Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, a clinic of Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.


Seattle, Wash.: Lenny Wilkens, head coach of the New York Knicks and the NBA's winningest coach, recently presented a gift of $100,000 raised through his annual Lenny Wilkens Celebrity Classic to Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, a clinic of Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

Since Odessa Brown Children's Clinic opened in 1970, Wilkens has been a strong supporter of the clinic and its mission to provide critical health services – including a full range of primary care, dental and mental health services – to children in Seattle's Central Area, regardless of their families' ability to pay. With this gift, the Lenny Wilkens Celebrity Classic will have donated more than $550,000 over the last nine years.

"Lenny Wilkens is an amazing community advocate," said Dr. Benjamin Danielson, medical director, Odessa Brown Children's Clinic. "This gift, along with the outstanding support his fundraisers have provided the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic over the past several years, have been crucial to the families we serve.

Fulfilling our mission to provide effective preventive health care to children from an underprivileged background is an increasingly challenging task. Lenny Wilkens understands the value of these services. He recognizes the need for sports physicals and sports health education in a population who suffer especially severe chronic diseases and whose resources are limited. He appreciates the idea that primary health care is more than just looking in kids' ears."

Some of the funds will be directed to support the clinic's efforts to offer children sports physicals prior to participating in any sports activity, as well as specialty care for children suffering from life threatening heart and asthmatic symptoms. Garfield High School athletes also thanked Wilkens for supporting the sports physical program at the clinic.

"There have been too many deaths of young athletes at the high school and college level which could have been prevented if health problems were identified prior to involvement in strenuous sports activities," said Lenny Wilkens. "Our donation can help make this possible for many young children whose families may not be able to afford it otherwise."

Washington Mutual, a major sponsor of the Lenny Wilkens Celebrity Classic since it started, also helped present the gift. This year the Lenny Wilkens Celebrity Classic will celebrate its Tenth Anniversary and will be held August 17 - 18, 2004.

"Lenny Wilkens' ongoing philanthropy allows us to do what we do best: promote healthy, bright futures for the children we serve," continued Dr. Danielson. "His selfless efforts are a model of philanthropy for others to emulate. I salute and celebrate his spectacular community advocacy."

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Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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