Letter to the editor | Good-will ambassadors

September 28, 2013 

Lost in the ether sometimes of the stories about Penn State in recent years is the ongoing human decency displayed by Penn Staters such as head football coach Bill O’Brien and former player and current trustee Adam Taliaferro.

I am president of Schreiber Pediatric in Lancaster, a pediatric health care facility that provides free care for children across central Pennsylvania.

Because of lousy reimbursement rates from medical assistance that covers all children with disabilities regardless of their family income, we lose money every time we see a child.

I reached out to O’Brien and Taliaferro in recent months seeking their help in raising awareness about the center’s needs so that we may continue to serve about 4,000 children a year.

We serve children who have been treated at Penn State Hershey through Thon and the Four Diamonds Fund as well as other hospitals across Pennsylvania. But we do not have a major fundraising operation or a history of large benefactors.

O’Brien and Taliaferro’s support has raised awareness across the region and helped to bring new donors to Schreiber Pediatric. Without their help, that would not have been possible.

Before all else, Penn Staters should be proud of people like O’Brien and Taliaferro who are seeking to help others in the world around them while proudly representing all that is good about Penn State.

James DeBord


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