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Swank Foundation Contributes $500,000 to Nemours

Friday, Oct 19, 2012

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

The Howard W. Swank, Alma K. Swank, and Richard Kemper Swank Foundation of Wilmington, Delaware, presented a gift of $500,000 to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. The contribution will fund the establishment of a new Tissue Repository to support research on neuro-orthopedic conditions like cerebral palsy, which are among the most common causes of physical disability in children.

The gift was presented at the annual Swank Foundation Family Seminar, which dozens of families attended to learn more about the health, emotional, and daily quality of life issues for their children with cerebral palsy and related conditions.

In 2011, a gift of $1 million from the Swank Foundation established the Swank Center in Neuro-Orthopedics at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. This gift made possible the creation of a cerebral palsy database, new equipment to fabricate orthotics for children with disabilities, professional and family education, psychological support for children with neuro-orthopedic conditions and their and families, and improvements to the hospital’s Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory.

“Our partnership with the Swank Foundation will allow us to create an extraordinarily valuable tool that will help researchers understand physical impairments in children with cerebral palsy and other neuro-orthopedic conditions,” says Robert Akins, PhD, Co-Director of the Center for Pediatric Clinical Research and Development. “Advanced therapies, improved diagnostics, and early interventions that improve the quality of life for patients will all become possibilities, thanks to their generous support.” 

“We are grateful to the Swank Foundation for its generous investment in improving the lives and well-being of children with neuro-orthopedic conditions through research at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children,” says Lori J. Counts, Managing Director, Nemours Fund for Children’s Health.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.