New Providence Chiropractic and the Make a Wish Foundation
A big part of healthcare’s collaborative nature is the interaction between major organizations, and smaller bodies that are aligned with the organization’s interests. In the case of a recent fundraising campaign by a New Jersey chiropractic clinic, this interaction has been quite significant in improving one young boy’s quality of life.
In New Providence, New Jersey, New Providence Chiropractic has enacted a fundraising campaign to contribute to the Make A Wish Foundation’s overall mission. A boy named Will is the recent focus of the Make A Wish Foundation. Born with an 80-degree curve in a spine with some ribs fused together, and lacking one kidney, Will has unfortunately experienced many medical setbacks beginning in his first few moments of life. This 80-degree curve contributed to an almost complete conjoining between Will’s spine and his right shoulder.
To seek treatment, Will’s family was urged to fly to Texas to receive specialized care. Mainly, physicians were able to fit him with a titanium rib implant to separate the rips, encourage proper heart and lung function, and help Will’s body begin to grow towards proper musculoskeletal structure. As he grows, Will needs to fly to Texas twice a year in order to adjust the titanium plate.
When New Providence Chiropractic learned of Will’s condition and his wish to go to Wimbledon, one of the most important tennis tournaments of the year, the chiropractic clinic devoted a large amount of time and resources to raising money for Will’s wish. Dr. Schlobohm, a chiropractic professional at New Providence Chiropractic, has had great experiences with the Make A Wish Foundation. Before the loss of his nine-year-old niece Sydney to a brain tumor, the Make A Wish Foundation was able to grant Sydney her wish, which he viewed as a great development in the healing process.
Currently, New Providence Chiropractic is offering services free of charge for a minimum $25 donation. All of the proceeds will go towards granting Will his wish. This is just one of many scenarios where different stakeholders in the medical community work together to make a difference and hopefully the frequency of these collaborative efforts increases.