CVS Caremark All Kids Can has awarded a $50,000 grant to Special Olympics to help expand Healthy Young Athletes clinics across the country and recently featured an interview about the new program on its blog.
"Children with intellectual disabilities are already facing huge barriers. If they are struggling with undiagnosed health issues and are also unable to communicate the level of pain or discomfort they are in, their chances for success are even less. If they cannot hear the teacher or see the blackboard and these issues are not addressed, they will continue to fall further behind,” Darcie Mersereau, Vice President of Health Programs for Special Olympics, said in the interview on the All Kids Can blog.
The funding from CVS Caremark All Kids Can will help support the development of a valuable toolkit of resources that will be distributed to Special Olympics Programs in 170 countries worldwide.
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has committed $25 million to making life easier for children with disabilities and is supporting Healthy Young Athletes, the Special Olympics program that provides health care services and support, early childhood intervention, and preventative education to children with intellectual disabilities aged 2 1/2 to 7 years old. CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. Click link below to read the interview and learn how Healthy Young Athletes benefits the kids who participate, their families, and their medical provider; why it is unique; and what its impact has been.