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William E. Kobler, MD
The AMA Foundation is reminded during this economic crisis how vitally
important its donors are. In years past, the AMA foundation has hosted a free
event open to all to attend. This year, the Celebration of Giving is being transformed into an exclusive
event for AMA Foundation donors only.
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“As the belt tightens, we are even more inclined to look within, count our blessings and turn the
spotlight onto those who unite with the foundation to improve the health of Americans,” says AMA
The Donor Celebration will take place on Friday, June 12, 6–7:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Chicago,
preceding the 2009 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Invitations were sent in early
May, providing donors an opportunity to RSVP and non-donors the opportunity to renew their
support or make their first gift to join their friends and colleagues at the Donor Celebration.
Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music and special announcements
about the AMA Foundation. It is a time to celebrate the impact and reward of giving with friends and
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If you haven’t made a gift to the AMA Foundation or need to renew your support, please do so by June 8.
• Donations may be made online at www.amafoundation.org/go/donate
. When you make a gift
online, you may RSVP in the “comments” box.
• You can also make a gift and RSVP by calling (312) 464-4200.
• Mail your RSVP and check payable to the AMA Foundation to arrive by or before June 8 to
the following address: AMA Foundation, 515 N. State St., 14th floor, Chicago, IL 60654
Giving to the AMA Foundation is a palpable way that I can give back some of the many blessings that have been bestowed upon me in my calling as a physician. It allows me to help
to make a difference in others’ lives as they relate to the delivery and availability of medical
care across the country. I have met some incredible people and role models through my participation in the efforts of the Foundation.
With the support of the AMA Foundation, the Fostoria Community Hospital is
reaching out to the low income members of their rural northwest Ohio community
If I had to choose one initiative, I would choose the Uniting for the Future of Medicine
“Most of our patients don’t have $120 for a
campaign because of the need for increasing
Chantix prescription, which is where the AMA
numbers of good physicians in the future,
Foundation grant really helps,” says Becky
if not the present! Besides, I want someone
Bouillon, RN, BSN, CTTS-M, a health educator
to be there to take care of me when I need it!
for the Fostoria Community Hospital’s Smoke
I hope my pledge can help an eager student,
on-one smoking cessation counseling combining
who may not have the financial means, but has
behavioral counseling with drug or nicotine
a burning desire to become a physician and
replacement therapy. The Smoke Less—Breathe
More program includes six or seven in-person
meetings and a series of follow-up telephone calls. Becky Bouillon, RN, BSN, CTTS-M, health educator,
According to Ms. Bouillon, the national quit Fostoria Community Hospital, counsels a member
I sang in the touring choir in college under the
rate is 27%, and most smokers make between
of the Fostoria community during one of the Smoke
direction of one of the world’s premier choral
five and seven attempts to quit smoking before
Less—Breathe More one-on-one sessions.
conductors, Weston Noble at Luther College.
they are successful: “We are proud to be part
The program’s follow up calls extend patient
I have continuously sung in at least one choir
of the continuum. We hope all of our program
accountability beyond the face to face meetings
since my debut as an 8-year-old boy soprano.
participants will quit smoking forever, but we
for an additional couple of months after
also know that if they relapse, we have still put
them a step closer to quitting for good.”
her January lung surgery. The tumor had not
recertification boards, hopefully for the last
spread and she would not need to undergo
time, and I scored my second Hole-in One.
“I knew I was at risk for lung cancer,” says
My most recent accomplishment is surviving
Marianne Adkins, who is about to complete
The Fostoria smoking cessation program has
the transition to an electronic medical record in
the Fostoria smoking cessation program. She
been awarded a $2,000 grant from the AMA
smoked for 30 years and had worked in a variety
Foundation’s Fund for Better Health.
of industrial settings where she came in constant
“Coaching people toward better health is a vital
contact with environmental toxins such as coal
part of life today,” says Fund for Better Health donor
Dee Loge-Wacker, who is also a member of the
AMA Alliance’s AMA Foundation Committee.
Wellbutrin and Zyban didn’t help. In fact, the
side effects usually made me feel worse than
healthy lifestyles in communities across the United
States. Supported by the AMA Alliance, this fund
The Southern Regional Alliance Development
In December 2008, Ms. Adkins learned that
provides grants of up to $5,000 for projects that
Conference in Huntsville, Ala., raised $1,200 for
she had a 2 cm malignant lesion in her lung
address the following areas: nutrition and physical
several of the AMA Foundation’s scholarship
and would have to quit smoking for good. This
fitness; alcohol, substance abuse and smoking
and public health initiative programs. In keeping
time she turned to the Smoke Less—Breathe
prevention; and violence prevention. To date, the
with the spirit of medicine, they raffled off a
More program offered to low income individuals program has awarded nearly $300,000 to more than
14K gold “caduceus” gentleman’s tie tac or
through Fostoria Community Hospital.
lady’s lapel pin and five bottles of wine from
“I couldn’t have done it without the
Please visit www.amafoundation.org/go/
an Alabama Alliance member’s personal wine
medication prescribed through the program,”
for more information or to download
cellar. A total of five prizes were drawn with
Ms. Adkins comments. “I also like the feeling of
an application. Donations needed to support the
proceeds benefiting the AMA Foundation’s
attachment I get with the program. Fostoria is
AMA Foundation’s efforts to increase healthy
Scholars Fund, Fund for Better Health and
home base to me and helps me not go back
lifestyles education and awareness can be made at
or call (312) 464-4200.
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