Business and community leaders from across the state were named to our CHC-NE Boards of Directors at our Annual Meeting on Aug. 22.
Courtney Lierman served as our 2013-2014 West Central Campaign Chair after being diagnosed with Chronic Myloid Leukemia (CML) in October of 2012. It’s been nearly six years since she chaired the campaign, and in those six years, she graduated from high school and went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in four years. Now, she is back in Grand Island working as a Program and State Fair Volunteer Coordinator for the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. "The last six years have been anything but smooth, but I never once questioned putting my education or life on pause to let my disease take over," she said. "I still battle my Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia day in and day out, but I have learned to take it in stride."
Earlier this year, five of our member charities received the 2018 grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign. Autism Action Partnership received funding to support it’s “Be Safe” Interactive Movie Screening.
Earlier this year, five of our member charities received the 2018 grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign. Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska’s received funding for it’s “Unmasking Brain Injury” project, which combines art, therapy and advocacy and gives individuals with brain injury the opportunity to share their story through the creation of a mask.
Earlier this year, five of our member charities received the 2018 grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign. Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nebraska received funding for its summer camp, which took place from June 10 to June 15 in Fremont.
Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) has announced the 2018-2019 CHC-NE Campaign Chairs for the West Central Nebraska region. Stacy and Brian Sybrandts, Grand Island, will lead efforts to achieve this year’s regional goal of raising $175,000 for 22 health charities through the donor-focused nonprofit organization, said Kari Hooker-Leep, CHC-NE Regional Director.
Two new Fremont-area advocates have joined the Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) State Leadership Council: Tom Reilly, Midlands University and Chairman of the Great Plains Athletic Conference AT Committee, and Peggy Kennedy, retired from Fremont Health and Advocacy Chair for Arthritis Foundation.
Through heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of surviving breast cancer than ever before, according to Susan G. Komen Great Plains. In fact, better detection through screenings and better treatment options have reduced the mortality from breast cancer in the United States 39 percent from 1989 through 2015, said Karen Daneu, Chief Executive Officer, Komen Great Plains.
Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP) offers free HIV testing at its offices in Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney; in its Scottsbluff and Norfolk offices, testing is referred out to hospitals. Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing is also available as a $10 service. “Testing is super important because not everybody thinks about HIV as a thing anymore. In Omaha, there are high chlamydia and gonorrhea rates. Lancaster County is experiencing a very, very high chlamydia rate, especially with those who are under 24,” said Lacie Tewes, Prevention & Support Services Supervisor, Nebraska AIDS Project.
For agencies such as the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter, advocacy is especially important, as Alzheimer's is one of the most underfunded chronic health conditions, said Sharon Stephens, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter. “While there has been significant growth in funding for Alzheimer's disease research, we are still behind.”
Advocacy efforts have always been crucial for JDRF International – Heartland Chapter. In fact, it’s because of the grassroots efforts of those affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) that JDRF was created in 1970. To this day, the commitment and passion of JDRF volunteers help move the needle of the agency’s mission forward.
Wells Fargo gives time and financial support to both United Way and Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) because of the alignment of these organizations’ missions with our team members’ interests. We have a strong relationship with United Way across the nation, and our local support sustains that ongoing collaboration. United Way and CHC-NE serve some of the most vulnerable segments of our community, and we are supportive of that effort.
Navigating a chronic disease, especially a rare one, can be difficult, as there are often many choices that must be made when it comes to treatments, therapy options, medical guidance, education and more. But thanks to funding provided by Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) donors, families can receive crucial support from a care center that specifically works with their condition, giving them access to support in a variety of areas and helping them make decisions.
Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) is proud to announce that five of its 22 member charities received the 2018 grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign.
Life changes forever for a family who’s been hit with the diagnosis of a chronic health condition. And for some families in Nebraska, that same diagnosis may mean that adaptations and specialized equipment are required moving forward. This equipment can be expensive, and families don’t always have access to insurance or other financial assistance to help offset the costs. Fortunately, several of Community Health Charities of Nebraska’s (CHC-NE) 22 member charities offer equipment loan programs to make sure that families have access to this valuable support.
Thank you to all Fremont-area partners for supporting Community Health Charities of Nebraska and our 22 member charities. We appreciate all that you do for those in Nebraska affected by chronic disease.
At Werner Enterprises, we believe in community, compassion and commitment. It’s a testament of how we live out our purpose and vision of delivering world-class supply chain solutions to the global marketplace responsibly and safely while exceeding the expectations of our customers, shareholders and associates. We do this not only through the services we offer, but through the causes we support.
Support groups are key in helping those who are affected by a chronic health issue on a daily basis. These groups allow people who live with a chronic health issue or those who care for someone with a chronic health issue to meet and spend time with others who share the same needs and experiences they do. Groups also provide opportunities for both support and education.
Sharon and Saul Soltero, of Columbus, have always believed in serving others by giving back, raising their two daughters, Amanda and Savannah, with a firm understanding of how important it is to do what you can to help others. But their reason for getting involved with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter (CCF), one of the 22 Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) member charities, was very much a personal one when Amanda became engaged to Jake Diekman. Jake is one of the 700,000 people in the United States affected by ulcerative colitis, and he is the first person to play major league baseball without a colon.
Kameran Ulferts graduated from Fullerton High School in 2014 and is currently a senior at the University of Nebraska- Kearney pursuing a K-12 art education degree. “Since the beginning of my collegiate experience at UNK, I have deeply immersed myself into the culture and the community atmosphere of the University and the city of Kearney,” she said. On campus, she is a member of Gamma Phi Beta and the National Art Education Association student chapter. She is also co-founder and vice president of the College Diabetes Network. She works at the Crossroads Center Rescue Mission, the homeless shelter in Kearney as a guest advocate; as a teaching artist at Corky Creations; and teaches home-schooled art lessons once a week. Apart from the Kearney community, Kameran has also worked as a camp counselor in the summer for Camp Floyd Rogers in Gretna, Neb., a camp for diabetic children, for three years. She does all of this while checking her blood sugar and managing her type one diabetes, as well as advocating for a cure with JDRF International – Heartland Chapter, one of the 22 Community Health Charities of Nebraska member charities.