Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Program

Law Enforcement Torch Run Program pic
Law Enforcement Torch Run Program
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The owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, Dr. William B. Clark regularly contributes to health-oriented charities. One organization that Dr. William B. Clark supports is the Special Olympics, which hosts athletic events for athletes with disabilities and raises funds to improve their lives through sport.

One of the largest fundraising and awareness activities the Special Olympics sponsors is its Law Enforcement Torch Run®. Over the course of the event, officers and athletes team up to move the organization’s Flame of Hope to various competitions, including state and national events.

More than 85,000 law enforcement personnel participate in the event each year, which spans more than 46 countries and every American state. The run has raised millions of dollars since it was created more than 30 years ago. Started by a Kansas police chief, the event encompasses a variety of other fundraising vehicles. Special small events and T-shirt and merchandise sales help the run grow and bring awareness of disabilities and athletic achievement to a broad audience.

Precision Medicine Offers New Hope for People with Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation pic
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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Dr. William B. Clark concentrates his medical practice on surgery of the head and neck at ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Outside of his practice, Dr. William B. Clark donates to charities such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A genetic disease, cystic fibrosis (CF) causes lung infections that hinder breathing. It creates a thick mucus that affects the pancreas as it tries to absorb essential nutrients and the lungs as they try to supply the body with oxygen.

Having CF in her early 30s, longer than thought possible, Emily Kramer-Golinkoff has stepped forward as an advocate for the foundation. Telling her story in many media appearances, she was honored as a Champion of Change by President Obama for raising some $1.5 million for CF research.

Emily Kramer-Golinkoff has been pushing for a philosophy of care known as precision medicine. This innovative concept emphasizes treatment of patients as they are: individuals with unique lifestyles, environments, and genetic traits. It enables medical care providers to better comprehend the complexities of each patient’s circumstances. The possibilities it holds for creating better, targeted treatments are just beginning to be realized.