The annual Branson’s Skaggs Classic raised more than $59,000 to help rehab patients at CoxHealth Cardiac and Pulmonary rehab, Branson. This is a 6.4% increase over last year’s net proceeds.
“These funds make it possible for patients who are uninsured or under-insured to receive necessary rehab following a cardiac event,” explains Ann McDowell, interim president of Skaggs Foundation. “Patients like Traci Stillwell of Branson, who loves her job at Shepherd of the Hills, but without insurance was considering filing for disability following an exasperated COPD event.”
Traci (photographed) woke one more morning in January with tightness in her chest. “I felt like I had run a race after the simplest of tasks, like washing my hair,” she said. “The following month, thanks to the help of a patient scholarship through Skaggs Foundation, I was able to begin pulmonary rehab. There are a lot of us who can’t possibly dream of affording rehab. I was considering filing for disability; instead Cox Branson was able to teach me to breathe again.”
“This annual program is possible thanks to all our generous sponsors,” explains Ann McDowell. “Sponsors include White River Valley Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative and CenturyLink, the hard working volunteers and the wonderful golfing professionals and fantastic facilities of Thousand Hills, LedgeStone and Murder Rock that provided a great experience for all of our participants.”
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