The Lions Step In
Nevada Lions teamed up with the University Medical Center in Las Vegas to create the Lions Burn Care Center. Over the last 40 years, thousands of people have been treated at the Center. But by 2001 the Center needed more space, new equipment and twice as many beds. So Lions secured a grant of US$75,000 from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and launched a campaign to raise matching funds. Ultimately the Lions raised more than $300,000 to expand the facility and purchase the latest equipment for the center – and a new gymnasium where patients can receive physical and occupational therapy.
The Lions Burn Care Center provides patients and families with physical, emotional and educational services. The Lions name on the center and on the new medical center tower reminds everyone of the great contribution Lions have made to their community. “The money Lions raised, the work they do really goes to important causes,” says Oscar Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas and a member of the Nevada Council of the Blind Lions Club. “Can you imagine saving somebody who is burned? It gets no better than that.”
Many Lions clubs worked together with LCIF and the University of Nevada Medical Center to raise necessary funds. The Lions Burn Care Center also works with schools and other groups in the Las Vegas area to educate children and adults about fire safety.