CDTC receives over $168,000 from SMART Ride
Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center Team.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – On Jan. 10, Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) received its largest donation, $168,196, from the SMART (Southern Most AIDS) Ride 11 at a special ceremony held at Elan 16forty in Fort Lauderdale.
CDTC has participated in the SMART Ride, a two-day bike ride from Miami to Key West, for the past three years. The event supports Florida organizations dedicated to HIV/AIDS. CDTC is the only agency selected that serves children and families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Over the past three years close to half a million dollars has been donated by the SMART Ride to CDTC. These funds support the Center’s Comprehensive Family AIDS Program, which provides medical care and lab work for the uninsured, transportation to improve access to care, nutritional sup-port, health education, and emergency assistance. At a time when federal and state grant funds are being reduced, this gift allows the Center to enhance its services to children, teenagers and women infected with HIV/AIDS in Broward County.
“Glen Weinzimer, John Rogatzki, and the members of the SMART Ride have had a tremendous impact on the services we are able to provide to families. We cannot thank them enough for the passion and dedication they have for helping those faced with this terrible disease in our community,” said Ana E. Calderon Randazzo, Ph.D., executive director of CDTC.
“CDTC is incredibly grateful for the continued partnership with the SMART Ride. It has been a life changing experience for everyone involved,” said Marie Hayes, director of CDTC’s Comprehensive Family AIDS Program.
The SMART Ride raises funds and awareness for Florida agencies that support individuals infected, affected and at risk for HIV/AIDS.
The SMART Ride guarantee is that 100 percent of the pledges raised by the riders will go to direct services for persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. SMART Ride 11 raised a record breaking $1.15 million to support seven agencies. In the past 10 years, The SMART Ride has raised and distributed six million dollars to community agencies.
The CDTC is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 11,000 children with special healthcare needs in Bro-ward County annually. As a facility of Broward Health, CDTC’s mission is to promote the optimal health and well-being of children with special healthcare needs by providing comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment services within a medical home environment. CDTC is a nationally recognized center of excellence offering a unique system of care for infants, children and youth with chronic illnesses, disabilities and developmental delays.