Helping children with needed health care

United Way Martinez SchoolUsing their collective power to create a better and healthier southern Nevada, United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council are giving local children a medical home. Through their support, children who in many cases have no access to health care now find help and a safe haven at the Medical Clinic at Reynaldo Martinez Elementary School.

Since the clinic did not have enough funds to reopen this year, WLC members stepped in to help fill the void for a clinic that has served many families in the past.

“All the money for schools and teachers will never be enough if the children are not healthy,” said Judy Kropid, WLC Project Funding Co-Chair.

For one Martinez student, the clinic provided life-changing assistance. A fifth grader who struggled with asthma, Leah is an active student but she didn’t know when her asthma would attack. Leah loves playing football and softball, but found she was struggling just to breathe. She also enjoys spending time with her little 8 year old brother Freddie at lunchtime, “That’s the only time we get to play,” explained Leah.

When Leah had asthma attacks, her chest hurt and she couldn’t get enough air.

“It affects me when I play sports,” said Leah. “I get dizzy and it made me stop what I was doing and visit a nurse.”

There were days when Leah had to miss school, because the asthma just wouldn’t go away.

On the brink of being homeless, Leah’s grandmother Lillian took her in when her mother lost her job. Unfortunately Lillian did not have insurance to help Leah access the asthma medication that she so desperately needed.

The Martinez Medical Clinic welcomed Leah and was swift to treat her and provide access to asthma medication.

“Everybody’s so awesome here! I don’t know what I would have done without their help,” said Lillian. “Basically I would have not paid my mortgage so I could get her into the doctors.”

According to Lillian the process of finding help at Martinez was seamless and easy and Leah’s doing much better.

“She went for a follow up and she is doing well,” said Lillian. “They are ready to take her for anything that I need help with, so it’s very important to us.”

united-way-women-leadership-councilThrough the WLC’s leadership and support, more than 2,500 children like Leah will receive help through the Martinez Medical Clinic.

The WLC’s accomplishments and members will be celebrated during the WLC Annual Luncheon Fashion Show on Feb. 20, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. The WLC Luncheon Fashion Show will include an exclusive DKNY pop up boutique and fashion show and Punam Mathur will serve as the event emcee.

To learn more about the 2015 WLC Luncheon Fashion Show or how to become a WLC member, contact Lawrel Larsen at 702.892.2319 or lawrell@uwsn.org.

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