MTS Launches Charitable Foundation and Announces $200,000 in Community Wellness Grants to Improve Health, Reduce the Need for Transplantation
Posted January 22, 2015 in News Category
St. Louis, MO – January 21, 2015: “When communities collaborate to improve health they can also reduce organ failure,” said MTS President and CEO Dean F. Kappel, in announcing the creation of the organization’s new charitable foundation. The foundation will enhance the organization’s existing support for patients and donor families as well as provide additional investment in the community in the form of grants to partners and community wellness organizations, and eventually scholarships.
Ryan Gammon, who is waiting for a heart transplant while staying at the MTS Family House, is among those served by the MTS foundation.
“We have always shared expertise and resources with our communities. Our foundation is enhancing our services for recipients and donor families, and also identifying new opportunities to collaborate on community health issues,” he added. Kappel cited obesity as an example of the focus of the foundation.
“Obesity is a leading cause of diabetes and hypertension, which can lead to kidney failure and the need for a transplant. Our goal is to reduce the incidence of these diseases, so we reduce the need for transplantation,” Kappel said.
In April 2015, the foundation will award as many as 20 one-time grants of $5,000 to nonprofit groups in St. Louis and Springfield, MO, according to R.J. Crunk, the foundation’s Executive Director. He said that applications are due March 2, 2015. The applications are available on the MTS website.