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McGregor Baptist Church receives foundation grant

August 17, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services that is committed to improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, has announced that McGregor Baptist Church of Fort Myers was awarded a grant from the K.T. Community Foundation.

KTC Foundation, which is funded by DaVita Chairman and CEO Kent Thiry and his wife, Denise O'Leary, provided the grant to McGregor Baptist Church to purchase antibiotics and other prescription medicines for a mission to set up village clinics in isolated areas surrounding the community of Santiago, near Panajachel, Guatemala.

In 2005, a catastrophic mudslide destroyed a number of villages around Santiago, killing many and leaving hundreds homeless. Seeking shelter, food and water, many inhabitants sought safe haven in refugee camps where these health clinics are now set up. Although sustained by agriculture, fishing, handmade textiles and tourism, the majority of this population lives in extreme poverty less than $2 per day.

McGregor Church will take a team of 23 physicians, nurses and medical assistants for an eight-day medical project, during which they will assess patients and deliver medical treatments at day clinics. This is the fourth year McGregor Church will send a medical team to Guatemala. These medical projects began through a partnership with McGregor Church, Pastor Diego of Santiago and Tomorrow Children's Home in Guatemala City.

KTC Foundation benefits charitable programs supported by DaVita teammates (employees) and their families. KTC donates money to non-profit organizations to fund community-based projects that leave a lasting impression on the community. Since its beginning in 2006, the KTC has given more than $255,000 in support of teammate's charitable projects.

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