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July 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 1
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"Wear The Bear. Show You Care" Campaign Extended

Initiative Has Raised $150K for COVID-19 Relief
 
June 25, 2020 - Helping children is not seasonal, and efforts to bring pediatric care to families in need certainly does not end after a holiday. So, after successfully launching the “Wear the Bear. Show You Care.” campaign just prior to Father’s Day, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation will extend the program to continue raising money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
 
The campaign has already raised $150,000 for the COVID-19 Relief Fund at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. As more states, including Florida, report record-setting daily numbers of COVID-19 cases, the “first family of golf” and their Foundation have renewed their commitment to help protect health care workers, while sharing a message of hope and healing.
 
The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and their headwear partners at AHEAD USA created a limited-edition hat embroidered with the iconic Golden Bear wearing a protective face mask and the words “Wear the Bear. Show You Care.” The popular hat is part of an initiative to fund the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other needs for front-line health care workers.
 
For every $100 you donate, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation will match your donation, sending $200 to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. As a gesture of heartfelt thanks, you will receive the special hat.
 
“This pandemic has reminded us of the things we hold dear, our families and our health,” said Barbara Nicklaus, founder and chair of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. “As the threat continues, we want to make sure the professionals who risk their health to care for us have the protective equipment they need to stay safe. We have to pull together to get through this challenge.”
 
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is currently spending $20,000 a week to provide PPE for the staff. This expense is expected to increase as the hospital implements a universal mask policy to protect patients, workers, and visitors. Funding from the “Wear the Bear. Show You Care.” hat will help the hospital to continue its critical work, while safeguarding patients, their families, and health care workers.
 
The “Wear the Bear. Show You Care.” campaign will continue through the crisis and as long as the need for PPE exists. Donations can be made on the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation website at nchcf.org/wearthebear.
 
Jack and Barbara Nicklaus founded the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in 2004 to provide world-class, pediatric care to children in Palm Beach County and beyond – raising more than $125 million to date. The Foundation supports Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, which has helped children from every state in the union and 119 countries.
 
 
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