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Everyday TLC Heroes

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - by Stephen S. Mabry, CAE

News Release: Everyday TLC Heroes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Texas Lions Camp, Inc.
(830) 896-896-8500 | news@lionscamp.com

From the Office of the President & CEO
Stephen S. Mabry, CAE

Everyday TLC Heroes


Kerrville, TX - March 31, 2020. Today, I shine the spotlight on the medical community's response to Covid-19, and the fact that TLC's program is centered around the medical profession, without whom our program would not be possible. Among those mounting a response in their respective communities, are TLC Heroes that are quietly stepping onto the front-lines behind closed doors and no-go zones where the masses cannot see their conflicts, situations and responses to health emergencies.
2019 Med Staff

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a few examples (that represent all of us) who have close ties and history with TLC:

Regular Sessions
  • Sid Peterson Regional Medical Center and our area doctors, nurses, first responders and dentists actively contribute to the health and safety of TLC and are in the thick of Covid-19 preparations and responses as we speak.
  • Karen-Anne King, RN - TLC's VP of Summer Camps is also a RN and oversees TLC's health and safety operations for all personnel, campers, volunteers, visitors and guests.
  • TLC corps of Staff Nurses - would you believe that every summer, TLC deploys 17-21 licensed staff nurses and volunteers who are active, practicing members of the medical field throughout the rest of the year?
  • Former Campers and Staff Members - There are myriad former campers and staff members who are currently licensed medical professionals working in your communities and mine. They were born for a time such as this and have been trained well.
Diabetes Program
  • Dr. Stephen Ponder - TLC's Medical Director for Diabetes Operations and a practicing member of the Scott & White medical system, headquartered in Temple, Texas.
  • Dr. Peter Kwan - TLC's Associate Medical Director and a practicing member of the Houston medical system. Dr. Kwan just shipped out to New York for a four-week hitch with Samaritan's Purse, where a mobile relief and support center has been established in Central Park.
  • Patsy Reyes, RN - Patsy is TLC's Medical Coordinator for Diabetes Services and works in the medical community in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Diabetes Med Staff - Would you believe that TLC engages and deploys the talents of over 70 medical professionals, vendors and medical students every year for the diabetes operations at TLC? It is not unusual for the makeup of that group to be comprised of 10-17 licensed, practicing doctors, 3-6 nurses, 2-4 licensed dieticians, 2-3 pharmacists, 3-5 certified diabetic educators and med-techs, radiologists, specialist and med-students.
  • Former Campers and Staff Members - As stated above, there are myriad former campers and staff members who are currently licensed, medical professionals working in your communities and mine. They were born for a time such as this and have been trained well.
Partner/Affinity Services
TLC has a number of partners, past and present that work in every aspect of the medical field and they are on the front-lines on many levels.
  • Texas Epilepsy Foundation, Camp Neuron - Camp Neuron offers a residential camping experience for children and teens living with epilepsy. They are joined and supported by myriad medical professionals serving on the front-lines in their respective field.
  • Vision Works, Camp Discovery - This terrific organization provides services to about 150 campers per summer, who have cancer. They are joined and supported by myriad medical professionals serving on the front-lines of oncology and many others.
  • Texas Burn Survivors - The mission of Texas Burn Survivor Society (TBSS) is to provide care, comfort, and essential services to the critically burned and their families. TBSS has created successful programs of patient support which have assisted thousands of burn and thermal injury survivors to achieve a successful return to normal and productive lives.
    They are joined and supported by myriad medical professionals and first responders serving on the front-lines in their respective fields.

As I reflect on our own TLC heroes, I am reminded that bravery is not the absence of fear, but taking definitive action despite being afraid. Our heroes are being tested and are performing admirably - they are running into the line-of-fire on a daily basis and are risking much on behalf of us all.


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Stephen is President and CEO of Texas Lions Camp, Inc. and recently celebrated 30 years of service to this 70 year-old, 501(c)(3) charitable, organization in August of 2019. TLC, Inc. has a large Board of Directors consisting of 94 voting members and over 300 volunteer members that serve on one of 10 standing committees. As a corporation, TLC has more than 200 full-time and seasonal employees (who are organized into 7 departments) and over 2,000 volunteers per year that are responsible for creating an atmosphere of success for more than 1,500 children with physical disabilities per summer. Stephen is a Certified Association Executive with the American Society of Association Executives, a past Certified Fund-Raising Executive with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Stephen is a father of three and resides on TLC’s Kerrville campus together with his wife Shawn, who as luck would have it, is a professional editor.
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