Frankfort resident, Sylvia Kemp honored with hospital's Courage Award
OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL – July 10, 2012 – The Franciscan Alliance St. James Health Foundation raised $111,000 at its annual Franciscan St. James Classic on Wednesday, June 20.
"This year's Classic was the most successful in its 12-year history," said foundation executive director, Terrence Sykes. "The funds raised at this year's Classic will support the installation of a third digital mammography unit, which will enable Franciscan St. James to serve up to 22,000 area women each year."
The Classic will also provide funding to support the hospital's Multiple Sclerosis support group, MS Mission Possible.
The golf outing was held at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. It was followed by dinner, silent auctions and an awards ceremony at Odyssey Country Club.
The Franciscan St. James Courage Award, sponsored by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, was presented to Frankfort resident, Sylvia Kemp.
"Since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Sylvia has risen to the challenges posed by the disease with great resolve and courage," said Sykes. "Most recently, she partnered with Franciscan St. James board chairman, Terry Brown to create a new MS support group."
MS Mission Possible, which meets at the hospital's Olympia Fields campus on the second Wednesday of each month, has grown into one of the Chicago area's largest, most active support groups for MS patients and their families.
"We are grateful to all those within the community who supported this event, as well as to the Franciscan St. James doctors, nurses and staff who helped make the 2012 Classic a success," Sykes said.
Franciscan St. James Classic sponsors include Dr. Krishnan Srinivasan; Chicago Office Technology Group; Cassiday Schade, LLP; Hepler Room LLC; METT Therapy Services; and the Franciscan St. James Health Medical Staff Office.
For more information about the Franciscan Alliance St. James Health Foundation, call 708-747-4000, ext. 5470, or visit www.stjameshospital.org.
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