April 10, 2013 | News
The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation celebrates not only its 40th anniversary this year but also the positive impact it has made on the lives of individuals and families in our community. The Foundation supports many different types of non-profit organizations and causes, from education, to healthcare, to human services and everything else in between. To mark this milestone, many grant recipients have reached out to let us know how their lives have been changed by the grants they received. This group reflects the diversity of grants awarded and shows how the financial assistance provided by the Foundation makes a measurable impact on the lives of Central Floridians.
University of Central Florida College of Medicine class of 2013 graduate, Sarina Amin, thanks the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation for its support of her medical school education that allowed her to graduate debt-free. Amin is a 2009 recipient of a $160,000 scholarship created in memory of Dr. Russell W. Ramsey, who was a personal physician to Mrs. Edyth Bush and a Founding Director of the Foundation. The scholarship covered her tuition and living expenses. “As I prepare for my medical school graduation, I look back on the day when I met the wonderful people from Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation that afforded me the opportunity to graduate completely debt-free from medical school, a prospect that most medical students are not lucky enough to obtain. They have not only supported me financially, but have also become a part of my family.” The Foundation’s support of the UCF College of Medicine is ongoing. In 2010, a $120,000 four-year scholarship was awarded to a student in the second class of the UCF College of Medicine that lead the effort to create nine additional scholarships. And in support of the FIRE Modules – “Keep theDream Alive,” a part of the curriculum for UCF Medical School students, a $50,000 grant was awarded in February 2011.
Tammy T. credits The Family Café, an organization dedicated to providing individuals with disabilities and their families support and knowledge, for changing her family’s lives for the better. On a trip sponsored by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Tammy with her husband and son attended the Family Café Annual Conference in Orlando. The family gained the empowerment and knowledge they needed to make improvements in their lives. “Without the Annual Family Café our lives would have been very different, and I believe not as promising. We now give back to the Annual Family Café Conference as volunteers, as well as to others in our community. If someone would not have believed in us enough to sponsor us, I believe the outcome would have been very different.” The Foundation sponsored families that would have not been able to attend this informative conference without financial help.
In February 2010, the Foundation awarded Grace Medical Home a $50,000 community challenge grant to help attract donations to support Grace’s medical services for the uninsured, working individuals and families in Orange County. In May 2011, a $200,000 challenge grant was awarded to do the same while keeping up the community effort in raising funds for Grace and ensuring its stability. Today, Grace Medical Home continues to serve and provide the underserved individuals and families of Orange County medical support and services. As one patient of Grace puts it, “I have never been to a medical facility like Grace Medical Home. At Grace, the doctors and nurses have gone out of their way to provide assistance to my medical concerns. I feel blessed to be a patient.”