July 25, 2014
Last week, the James M. Cox Foundation presented a check for $125,000 to the Fragile Kids Foundation to help support the organization’s loaned medical equipment program.
According to recent reports, the James M. Cox Foundation’s generous donation will help the Fragile Kids Foundation buy 70 extra pieces of medical and therapeutic equipment. The equipment helps children who critically need assistance for medical problems due to birth defects, birth injuries, and more. The type of equipment needed is typically not funded by private insurance or state-funded programs, and without the grant, it would have been impossible for the foundation to purchase them.
Executive director of Fragile Kids, Carolyn Polakowski, stated that at least 70 children in the state of Georgia will now have access to therapeutic equipment, thanks to the grant.
“This generous gift from the James M. Cox Foundation will allow us to fulfill the needs of every child on our waiting list. We are thrilled to be able to provide 70 children in Georgia with the equipment they so desperately need for therapy and rehabilitation within the next few months,” Polakowski said.
Most children outgrow the equipment within 18 months, according to Polakowski. The equipment is then shared with smaller children. The grant will provide a way for more children to use therapeutic equipment over and over again, for many years.
Cox Enterprises executive vice president, Alex Taylor, was excited to be a part of providing funds to program that helps children.
“One of the things that motivates us here at Cox is being involved in our communities. I can’t think of a better way to do that than by helping these kids get the equipment and help they need to live a better life. Fragile Kids is a wonderful organization and we’re glad to partner with them,” said Taylor, who is also the great grandson of James M. Cox.
Fragile Kids Foundation, established in 1988, provides services for children ages newborn to 21 who are in critical need of specialized medical and therapeutic equipment. Common types of disorders and disabilities these children face include:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Spina Bifida
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Mitochondrial Disorder
- Traumatic Birth Injuries
Equipment used to help the children include:
- Wheelchairs and lifts
- Overhead lifts
- Braces, and more
Fragile Kids Foundation is based in Georgia and has helped over 5,000 of the state’s special needs children.
The James M. Cox Foundation is a part of Cox Enterprises, a media company based in Atlanta. The foundation offers help to several different areas in the community, including health, childhood education, and environmental issues.