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BIRMINGHAM (April 17, 2013) – Wells Fargo donated $36,000 to Children’s of Alabama today, making good on its football season pledge to donate $2,000 per interception by the University of Alabama football team to help treat ill and injured kids at the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital. The Crimson Tide intercepted 18 passes this past season en route to its third national championship in four years.
“The caregivers in our building would not be able to make the impact they do without partners like Wells Fargo,” said Mike Warren, President and CEO of Children’s of Alabama. “We are truly appreciative of their support and are happy to recognize their efforts.”
The Wells Fargo “Picks for Kids” campaign funds are used by The Charity League Hearing and Speech Center to provide comprehensive evaluation and therapy services for children requiring inpatient and outpatient treatment. Children’s team of audiologists and speech-language pathologists are trained to assess and treat all areas of speech, language and hearing.
Talia Gonzalez, age 7, of Sterrett is one example of how the funds are improving lives. Talia came to Children’s when she was two years old. The daughter of English and Carlos Gonzalez, Talia had difficulty feeding from birth, and as a result, had a hard time gaining weight. The early focus of her speech-language therapy at Children’s was to strengthen her oral and facial muscles so that she would be able to eat successfully and take in the nutrition needed to thrive. As her muscle strength increased, her feeding and speech improved because the same muscles used for feeding are the ones used to develop speech.
Thanks to therapy at Children’s, made available in part by Wells Fargo, therapists improved Talia’s life by creatively using tools like bite blocks, horns and whistles to make her therapy fun and engaging while fostering her feeding and speech skills.
Today Talia, who could speak fewer than five words when she came to Children’s, is a joyful child attending school, interacting with her peers in conversation, making up her own songs and, according to her mom, even ordering her own meal when dining out. Her parents and therapists believe that with additional therapy and daily practice using her oral motor tools she will achieve her maximum communication potential.
“We love being a part of a cause that involves University of Alabama football and children,” said Leigh Collier, Mid-South Region President for Wells Fargo. “Wells Fargo is proud to support this program, and we are grateful that our donation will provide the technology and resources needed to improve the oral motor skills of so many children.”
For more information about Picks for Kids, visit www.picksforkids.com.
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Children’s recently moved much of its inpatient services into a new building named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.