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November is American Diabetes Month

By Uncategorized

Each year in November, communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes during American Diabetes Month. According to the American Diabetes Association, 34.2 million Americans have diabetes, and 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Organizations like Diabetes Dayton are here to help individuals of all ages manage their diabetes through life-saving programs like the Diabetes Emergency Supply Assistance Program, or DESAP, and summer camp programming.

Since 1963, Diabetes Dayton has been offering summer camp and transforming the lives of children with diabetes in the greater Dayton area. After not holding in-person camp last year, participants were glad to return to camp at the YMCA Camp Willson Outdoor Recreation Center, located just outside of Bellefontaine. There, youth enjoyed a variety of camp activities such as swimming, hiking, campfires, wall-climbing, archery, horseback riding, field games and a dance on the last evening. In addition to making new friends who are living with diabetes like themselves, education is a central part of camp, helping campers become more knowledgeable and skillful in the management of their diabetes.

The eagerness to return to camp was felt by everyone involved. “My daughter loves the relationships she has made through camp,” commented one parent. “These friendships will last a lifetime.” Without the funding support from The Benevolent Fund of the Masons, CareSource Foundation, Middletown Community Foundation, and the Michelle McGann Fund, the transition back to in-person camp would not have been possible.

Thirty-two years after Diabetes Dayton started camp, the DESAP was formed when they started providing a minimal amount of diabetes supply assistance to those who were uninsured. Critically needed testing and supplies include but are not limited to glucometers, test strips, lancets, glucose tabs, sharps containers, syringes, and insulin pumps. Recognizing the need for and high cost of insulin and testing supplies, Diabetes Dayton formed a new partnership this year with locally owned ZIKS Family Pharmacy. This project was funded by a grant from The Dayton Foundation and will positively impact individuals living with diabetes who are at risk of long-term complications due to lack of access to supplies and medicine.

Another funder of the DESAP is The Levin Family Foundation. Their foundation supports agencies in Dayton and surrounding areas that feed, clothe, educate, and provide health related support to those in need. Thanks to a grant from The Levin Family Foundation, the DESAP will be able to expand its reach to physician’s offices and Federally Qualified Health Centers to create awareness and reach more clients in the area. This support will ensure that individuals living with diabetes are able to obtain the necessary supplies to test their blood sugar on a regular basis and prevent long-term health complications.

Thanks to all of the incredible funders of Diabetes Dayton programming to create happier, healthier communities throughout the Miami Valley!

Learn more:

CareSource Foundation: https://www.caresource.com/about-us/caresource-foundation/

Middletown Community Foundation: http://www.mcfoundation.org/

Michelle McGann Fund: https://themichellemcgannfund.com/

The Dayton Foundation: https://www.daytonfoundation.org/

The Levin Family Foundation: https://levinfamilyfoundation.org/

Rent and Utility Assistance Available

By Uncategorized

Are you experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19? Covid Emergency Rental assistance is available to help those negatively affected by the pandemic avoid eviction and housing instability.

Follow these three easy steps:

  • Go to https://columbus.applyforhope.com/home
  • Scroll to The Stable Housing Initiative (LifeCare Alliance ERA 1)
  • Click Apply

To be eligible, you must be a Franklin County, Ohio resident, have an income at or below 8-% of the area median income, and be delinquent on rent or utilities due to hardship as a result of COVID-19.

For further assistance, please call us at 614-278-3130.

Subaru of America Shares the Love with Homebound Seniors!

By Events, Meals-on-Wheels

Meals on Wheels America and LifeCare Alliance are thrilled to participate in the 2021 Subaru Share the Love Event, which has helped deliver more than 2.5 million meals to seniors across the country over the past 13 years.

This partnership with Subaru of America, Inc. is vital because too many seniors are struggling to stay independent and healthy. One in four seniors lives alone in isolation and nearly 7.4 million American seniors have incomes below the poverty line, which puts them greatly at risk for food insecurity. This is why LifeCare Alliance provides nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks to the seniors of Franklin, Madison, Marion, Champaign, and Logan counties. This support keeps seniors safe, independent, and living in their own homes, where they want to be.

We’re incredibly grateful to Subaru and its retailers for supporting our organization and the seniors we serve. With that in mind, we thought you might like to learn a little bit more about the Subaru Share the Love Event.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

This November 18, 2021, through January 3, 2022, for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities.* Meals on Wheels is one of four national participating charities and has been since the inception of the event. Through this event, as a member of Meals on Wheels America, LifeCare Alliance will receive a share of the donation from Subaru vehicles sold at participating Subaru retailers.

You might not be in the market to purchase a new car, but you can still help by spreading the word to your family and friends. A few quick and easy ways to do that:

– Share this article to your social media networks!
– Share our posts about the Share the Love Event on Facebook: (www.facebook.com/lifecarealliance), Twitter (@lifecareallianc), or Instagram (@lifecarealliance)! #ShareTheLove

And remember: this holiday season you can ensure our senior neighbors are not forgotten, when you purchase or lease a new Subaru and select Meals on Wheels as your charity of choice.

*Disclaimer: Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 18, 2021, through January 3, 2022, to four national charities designated by the purchaser or lessee. Pre-approved Hometown Charities may be selected for donation depending on retailer participation. For every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased during the campaign period, participating retailers will donate a minimum of $50 in total to their registered Hometown Charities. Purchasers/lessees must make their charity designations by January 15, 2022. The four national charities will receive a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 each. See your local Subaru retailer for details or visit subaru.com/share. All donations made by Subaru of America, Inc.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities 2021-2022

By Columbus Cancer Clinic, Events, Help-at-Home, Meals-on-Wheels, Volunteers

The holiday season is here, and LifeCare Alliance has multiple opportunities for you to spread tidings of comfort and joy and Nourish the Human Spirit by donating gifts and volunteering. Please read below to see what way of giving works best for you. Thank you for your support, and happy Holidays!

 

Adopt-A-Senior
Date(s) and Time(s): Nov. 1 – Dec. 17, 2021; 9am-4pm
Host Agency: LifeCare Alliance; 670 Harmon Avenue, 43223
Contact: Molly Haroz
Phone: 614-437-2861
Website: www.lifecarealliance.org
Email: mharoz@lifecarealliance.org
Families: Yes (min. age: preschool with adult)
Opportunity:  Donate gifts that will be delivered during the holidays to older adults who receive Meals-on-Wheels.  You will be helping your neighbors who may be an older adult, medically challenged, and/or home-bound and receive Meals-on-Wheels. Gifts should be delivered unwrapped.  Donation ideas include calendars, puzzle books, note cards and stamps, as well as personal care items like toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, soap, socks, lotions, cologne, and mugs. Donations of tissue paper and small gift bags are welcomed.

 

Adopt-A-Client of the Groceries-to-Go nutritional program!
Date(s) and Time(s): Nov. 1 – Dec. 17, 2021
Host Agency: LifeCare Alliance; 670 Harmon Avenue, 43223
Contact: Leilani Monfort
Phone: 614-437-2836
Website: www.lifecarealliance.org
Email: lmonfort@lifecarealliance.org
Families: Yes (min. age: preschool with adult)
Opportunity: Donate food and personal hygiene items that will be available to clients of the Columbus Cancer Clinic, as well as their families. The pantry is in need of the following: Gift cards, personal care items (lotion, bath salts, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap), household cleaning supplies, canned vegetables and canned soups, snacks and sweets.
Groceries-to-Go Amazon Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2REVM4PJIU2KQ?ref_=wl_fv_le
Opportunity: Drivers to deliver to homebound clients

 

Adopt-A-Senior
Date(s) and Time(s): N/A – At capacity! Thank you to our supporters!
Host Agency: LifeCare Alliance—Help-at-Home; 1699 W. Mound St., 43223
Opportunity: Help older adults who receive home care services from our Help-at-Home department celebrate the season!  Provide a local senior items from his or her wish list!  Wish list items may include blankets, puzzle books, mugs, as well as personal care items like toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, soap, socks, and lotions, or household cleaning items. Please wrap and deliver gifts to LifeCare Alliance, or you may deliver directly to the senior’s home! Donations of tissue paper and small gift bags are welcomed.
The Help-at-Home Amazon Wish List contains items that are always needed: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/GUUEC9N7XNDN?ref_=wl_fv_le.

 

Adopt-a-Family 
Date(s) and Time(s): N/A – At capacity! Thank you to our supporters!
Host Agency: LifeCare Alliance – Columbus Cancer Clinic; 1699 W. Mound St., 43223
Opportunity: Help Columbus Cancer Clinic clients and their families celebrate the season! Wish list items may include toys, food, clothing, household items or gift cards.  Deliver gifts for holiday gift bags to our Mound Street offices.
The Columbus Cancer Clinic Amazon Wish List contains items that are always needed: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3R5R5QYAFS9OF/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex.

 

Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Host Agency: LifeCare Alliance; 670 Harmon Avenue, 43223
Website: www.lifecarealliance.org
Questions? Email: volunteer@lifecarealliance.org
Call: 614-444-MEAL (6325)
Families: Yes (min. age: preschool with adult)
Opportunity: Multiple opportunities to assist with Meals-On-Wheels food delivery during the holiday season.  Deliver holiday cheer and hot, nutritious meals to your neighbors who may be elderly, medically challenged or home bound and receive Meals-on-Wheels.  Routes take 1-1½ hours to deliver.  Maps and training are provided before departing on a route. New volunteers should start by submitting a volunteer application at https://www.lifecarealliance.org/volunteer/apply/.  Existing volunteers can sign up for opportunities using the below links.  If the links do not work for you, simply copy and paste them into your preferred browser.

 

Week Before Christmas
Date(s) and Time(s): Dec. 20 – Dec 23, 2021; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule: https://lifecare.mowscheduler.com/helpwanted/2021-12-19.

 

Christmas Eve Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Date(s) and Time(s): Dec. 24, 2021; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule: https://lifecare.mowscheduler.com/helpwanted/2021-12-24.

 

Christmas Day Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Date(s) and Time(s): Dec. 25, 2021; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule: https://lifecare.mowscheduler.com/helpwanted/2021-12-25.

 

Week after Christmas Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Date(s) and Time(s): Dec. 26 – Dec 30, 2021; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule: https://lifecare.mowscheduler.com/helpwanted/2021-12-26

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New Year’s Eve Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Date(s) and Time(s): Dec. 31, 2021; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule: https://lifecare.mowscheduler.com/helpwanted/2021-12-31.

 

New Year’s Day Meals-on-Wheels Delivery
Date(s) and Time(s): Jan. 1, 2022; Delivery takes 1-1.5 hours between 10am-1pm
To Schedule: https://lifecare.mowscheduler.com/helpwanted/2022-01-01.

Four teenage female campers pose for a photo at Camp Hamwi

Dedicated Funders Make Camp Hamwi Possible

By Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Featured News

“I feel like camp has changed the way I look at having diabetes. I love being around all of the great people here!”

Receiving feedback such as the quote above from a Camp Hamwi participant is like music to the ears of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA). Each year since 1968, CODA has held camp programming during the summer months. Camp Hamwi has provided life-saving disease management skills for thousands of youth living with diabetes in a safe, recreational environment. The camp is named after Dr. George Hamwi, a co-founder of CODA.

At camp, youth ages 7-17 learn the importance of good diabetes control in their childhood and for a lifetime. In addition to Camp Hamwi, there is a program called Stepping Stones, a transitional day camp for children ages 8-12, and Kids Camp for children ages three to seven. The 2021 camp season welcomed 11 campers to Kids Camp, 23 to Stepping Stones, and 199 to Camp Hamwi.

Returning to in-person camp programming would not be possible without the generous support of CODA funders. The Franklin County Community Partnership Grant Program through the Franklin County Commissioners has helped each year since 2013. This year, 77 campers came from Franklin County. The continuous support from the Franklin County Commissioners enables campers to get the most out of camp, including a personal diabetes management plan. The plan includes: A healthy meal plan, regular physical exercise, regular checks of blood glucose levels, and taking diabetes medications as prescribed.

Another longtime supporter of LifeCare Alliance and CODA camps is the Ingram-White Castle Foundation. The Foundation especially supports programs that address a critical human service need. Without this significant funding, CODA would not be able to provide scholarships for campers that attend each summer. One of the many critical skills attained at CODA’s youth and camp programs are self-care skills such as blood sugar testing, insulin injections, and the importance of adhering to diet and exercise regimens.

Three teenage male campers in a canoe at Camp Hamwi

The Harry C. Moores Foundation, a longtime funder of not only CODA Camp but other LifeCare Alliance programs as well, is located in Columbus and supports camps in order to make an impact in child welfare throughout the state. This year camp welcomed youths from 39 Ohio counties with additional campers coming from West Virginia and Michigan. A number of campers reside in rural Ohio counties where they might be the only student in school with diabetes. Being able to interact with their peers who are also learning to manage their diagnosis can be a meaningful experience for those feeling isolated by their condition. A camper remarked, “I feel really glad I came to camp. I came not knowing anyone here, but over the week I made some really cool friends. I was nervous, but I am really happy I decided to come in the end and I will for sure come next year.”

At the end of camp staff completed a thorough outcome evaluation with participants and families to determine program and education components for the next year. The excitement and anticipation to return to camp was felt by everyone involved. “I love Camp Hamwi and I am excited to keep coming here as I grow older,” commented one camper. “Thank you for what you do to make Hamwi special!!!”

Without the support from the above listed funders and additional grants from The Knox County Foundation, CareSource Foundation, the Pickaway County Community Foundation, the Richland County Foundation, the Columbus Medical Association Foundation Youth Advisory Council, and the Tom E. Dailey Foundation, returning to in-person camp would not have been possible.

Thank you so much to all of our funders for making CODA camp successful in 2021!

-Stephanie Rowe Bencic, LifeCare Alliance

A caregiver holds an elderly woman's hand

Ten Warning Signs Your Older Family Member May Need Help

By Featured News, Help-at-Home, Meals-on-Wheels, SixtyPLUS

Changes in physical and mental abilities that may occur with age can be difficult to detect — for older adults and their family members, friends, and caregivers too. Certain behaviors may indicate the need for loved ones to take action. Here are 10 warning signs that your loved one who is an older adult may need some help with living independently:

  • Your loved one has changed eating habits, resulting in losing weight, having no appetite, or missing meals.
  • They have neglected personal hygiene, including wearing dirty clothes and having body odor, bad breath, neglected nails and teeth, or sores on the skin.
  • They have neglected their home, with a noticeable change in cleanliness and sanitation.
  • They are unusually loud, quiet, paranoid, or agitated, or making phone calls at all hours.
  • Relationship patterns have changed, causing friends and neighbors to express concerns.
  • Physical problems, such as burns or injury marks that may result from general weakness, forgetfulness, or misuse of alcohol or prescribed medications.
  • Decreased or reduced participation in activities that were once important to them, such as bridge or a book club, dining with friends, or attending religious services.
  • Forgetfulness, resulting in unopened mail, piling of newspapers, not filling their prescriptions, or missing appointments.
  • Mishandling finances, such as not paying bills, losing money, paying bills twice or more, or hiding money.
  • They have been making unusual purchases, such as buying more than one subscription to the same magazine, entering an unusually large number of contests, or increasing purchases from television advertisements.

If the signs above are raising red flags, resources such as the Administration for Community Living’s Eldercare Locator may be of assistance. For more information about ACL, visit www.acl.gov.

LifeCare Alliance’s wellness, nutrition, and support programs may also help. To make a referral, click here and a member of our team can reach your loved one about services we can offer.

— Content provided by the Administration for Community Living

A LifeCare Alliance employee loads a donated fan into a car at a Beat the Heat Fan Campaign distribution.

LifeCare Alliance a Community Resource During Central Ohio Summer Heat Wave

By Fan Campaign, Meals-on-Wheels, Press Releases

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Aug. 23, 2021) — With temperatures soaring into the 90s this week, LifeCare Alliance staff and volunteers are out in full force helping central Ohioans beat the heat.

FREE FAN DISTRIBUTION

LifeCare Alliance will be distributing free box fans on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, at 670 Harmon Ave., Columbus, OH 43223, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. while supplies last. This service, which is powered by community donations of box fans all summer, is open to anyone who needs assistance cooling their homes.

Those interested in receiving a fan should bring their identification or proof of residency. The drive-through fan distribution is designed to meet social distancing recommendations for reduced risk of COVID-19 exposure.

For more information on LifeCare Alliance’s Beat the Heat Fan Campaign, please visit www.lifecarealliance.org/fans or call the Fan Hotline at 614-437-2870.

MEAL DELIVERIES DURING EXTREME HEAT

LifeCare Alliance serves Meals-on-Wheels in Franklin, Madison, Marion, Champaign, and Logan counties in Ohio. Volunteers and staff will be delivering meals in each of these areas during the hottest days of 2021.

“The dedication of our volunteers and staff is remarkable,” said Charles W. Gehring, President and CEO of LifeCare Alliance. “Especially during extreme heat or extreme cold, it is vital that we ensure our clients receive a nutritious meal each day. Our staff and volunteers help make sure that we are meeting the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

Meals-on-Wheels deliveries are an essential part of LifeCare Alliance’s wellness, nutrition, and support services for seniors and people with medical challenges and disabilities. LifeCare Alliance is the largest Meals-on-Wheels provider in the Midwest, and the agency serves all who qualify with no waiting list. During this extreme heat, that can save lives.

ADVICE FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS

LifeCare Alliance urges central Ohioans to check in on their vulnerable loved ones during this time of extreme heat. Older adults and people with medical challenges are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Concerned about someone during this heat wave? You may be able to help by referring them to LifeCare Alliance’s customer service department. Please visit www.lifecarealliance.org/referral to begin the signup process or call 614-278-3130. A representative will reach out to them and assess their needs and eligibility for services. Concerned family members and neighbors may also serve as a proxy for homebound people needing a box fan. The person in need would send their proxy with their identification or proof of residency to pick up a fan for them. A fan can increase air flow and lower the temperature in a room by as much as 10 degrees.

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For more information:

Contact: Anthony Clemente
E-mail: aclemente@lifecarealliance.org

Representatives from Marion Police Department and LifeCare Alliance

SixtyPLUS Update – Summer 2021

By Featured News, SixtyPLUS

Welcome, New Partners

The Marion Police Department is one of LifeCare Alliance’s newest partners in the SixtyPlus program! We’d like to welcome them and thank them for joining forces with our Agency to address important needs for seniors and people with medical challenges or disabilities in Marion.

Here’s what Officer BJ Gruber said about the new partnership:

“Marion PD chose to partner with LifeCare Alliance because the officers come into contact every day with people who have a host of different needs. In order to be more efficient it is important that they have partner like LifeCare Alliance throughout the community that they can connect with.”

Referral Training

As we continue in our efforts to increase partner referrals, we have developed a partner referral training!  Please email Fannisha Page at Fpage@lifecarealliance.org to register your department for the referral training. This can be done in person or via zoom!

Thank you, London Fire Department, for being the first to attend this training!

Let’s get Referring

Starting in August we are asking our current partners to send over data for any runs made on seniors 60 and older. We will take care of the rest!

Frailty Scale Data: What’s New

Since June 2020, LifeCare Alliance staff members have been administering the Home Care Frailty Scale (HCFS) to all new clients over the age of 60. The HCFS is a 30-point instrument used to evaluate the following six domains: function (e.g., ability to perform housework), movement, cognition and communication, social interaction, nutrition, and clinical diagnoses. The purpose of administering the HCFS is to collect data from clients that represent their current levels of frailty and their specific health needs. LifeCare Alliance staff members complete the HCFS with clients every three months in order to routinely monitor frailty levels and determine the extent to which LifeCare Alliance services help minimize the risk of worsening frailty.

Preliminary analyses (see figure below) of HCFS data have indicated that LifeCare Alliance services may play a key role in helping older adults maintain and/or improve their frailty levels over a three-month time period. HCFS data will continue to be routinely collected from clients and analyzed by the LifeCare Alliance team to examine trends in frailty levels among older clientele.

A full description of the HCFS can be found here.

Dr. Juckett will be presenting frailty data at the Gerontological Society of America conference in Phoenix this November. She has also submitted an abstract depicting LifeCare Alliance’s efforts implementing the Home Care Frailty Scale to the 2021 AcademyHealth Virtual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health.

Headshot of Dr. Lisa Juckett

Dr. Lisa Juckett

New to the team

Dr. Govind Hariharan will be serving as our health economist and will estimate the cost savings of LifeCare’s programs for local community agencies and the greater healthcare system.

Dr. Govind Hariharan specializes in the field of health economics and has multiple decades of experience as an award winning researcher, teacher and consultant. He is also the founder of NEO Advisory LLC, a policy and strategic and economic advisory firm.

Dr. Hariharan is often sought after as an advisor for his keen insights and has provided strategic advice on health care, technology, investments and global expansion to companies and governments. He serves or has served on many advisory boards including the American Diabetes Association, WellStar Institute for Better Health, as well as various health care related task forces in Georgia and New York. He has consulted for numerous organizations such as the World Bank, Council for Quality Growth, University of Texas- San Antonio and Life University.

Dr. Hariharan’s research is extensively cited, especially in the areas of health care, public policy and technology of older adults. He has taught or lectured around the world including major U.S., Chinese, Indian and Singaporean Universities. He has been interviewed or quoted in many media outlets including the Financial Times, Investors Daily, O Globo, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Money Talks and National Public Radio.

Dr. Govind Hariharan

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90INNU0016, from the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

Meals-on-Wheels logo

LifeCare Alliance’s new funding partner, Community Health Foundation, helps clients in Champaign County receive Meals-on-Wheels

By Featured News, Meals-on-Wheels

Supporters like the Community Health Foundation enable LifeCare Alliance to provide Meals-on-Wheels to older adults and individuals living with a medical challenge and/or disability in Champaign County.

The Community Health Foundation began in 1986 as the parent company of The Community Hospital of Springfield and Clark County. Their mission is to preserve reproductive services, to promote health and wellness, and to advocate for quality healthcare through grant making and education in Clark and Champaign Counties.

As a new funder, their support has provided much-needed relief to our neighbors in Champaign County. Thank you for Nourishing the Human Spirit!

-By Stephanie Rowe Bencic, LifeCare Alliance

Give Now

Click here to join supporters like the Community Health Foundation in supporting the clients of LifeCare Alliance!

Volunteers loading fans into cars

NBC4: Alliance Distributing fans to people in Columbus

By Fan Campaign, Featured News, LifeCare Alliance in the News

Story published July 7, 2021, by NBC4:

LifeCare Alliance’s Michelle Jones predicts more than 4,000 fans will need to be distributed this year in Columbus.

LifeCare Alliance’s Beat the Heat Fan Campaign has been running for 20 years, in an effort to decrease heat-related deaths.

Call the fan hotline at 614-437-2870 to stay up-to-date on upcoming distribution dates.

Click here to read the full story.

Click here to learn more about LifeCare Alliance’s Beat the Heat Fan Campaign.