Tampa Boy Honored by UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation at Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 21, 2011) UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) honored 6-year-old Tampa resident Caleb McIntyre, a recipient of a foundation medical grant, Dec. 20 during the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg game between Marshall and Florida International University at Tropicana Field.
UHCCF recently awarded Caleb's family a medical grant so that he could continue to receive speech therapy services. Diagnosed with allergies, asthma, and severe expressive-language and articulation delays, Caleb's doctors had recommended speech therapy for him. The UHCCF grant will help pay for additional sessions so Caleb can achieve his goal of being able to communicate more clearly with family and friends.
Caleb McIntyre and his family are honored during Tuesday night's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl with a special presentation courtesy of the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation
"We are so appreciative of the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation grant, which will help pay for our son's therapy," said Lynn McIntyre, Caleb's mother. "Caleb's condition will improve, and this would not be possible without the assistance we received."
UHCCF accepts applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child's health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or only partially covered, by their commercial health insurance plans.
Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.
"The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is committed to facilitating greater access to medical-related services that can help improve a child's health and quality of life," said David Lewis, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of Florida. "Eligible families in need are encouraged to apply for a medical grant today and use this valuable resource."
In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 950 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as speech and developmental delays, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD, ADD and cerebral palsy.
To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants online. Organizations or private donors can also make tax-deductible donations.
About UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation
The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that strives to enhance either the clinical condition or quality of life of children who have health care needs not fully covered by their commercial health benefit plan. UHCCF provides medical grants of up to $5,000 for costs associated with medical services and equipment. UHCCF's funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) employees. Donations to help provide assistance are deeply appreciated.