Larry the Cable Guy’s Git-R-Done Foundation Donates $5 Million to Arnold Palmer Hospital
Generous Donation Will Help Treatment for Hip Dysplasia Worldwide
Orlando, Fla. (September 24, 2010) – Comedian Larry the Cable Guy announced today his charitable organization, The Git-R-Done Foundation, is donating $5 million to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for further development of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI).
“My family’s personal experience with hip dysplasia opened our eyes to how common this is but how little is known about it,” stated Larry the Cable Guy. “Our hope is that this gift can be a springboard for more research, education, and better treatment for patients all over the world who suffer with hip dysplasia.”
Hip dysplasia is the medical term for instability, or looseness, of the hip joint that affects thousands of children each year. This ranges from mild instability to complete dislocation. Approximately one out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability and 2 to 3 per 1000 will require treatment. Persistent hip instability is a silent childhood condition that frequently causes disability and arthritis into adulthood.
IHDI is a not-for-profit collaborative effort between a number of medical centers around the world to promote the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hip dysplasia. The organization is supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation.
“So much of what we are doing in the institute now is possible because of the vision and support of Larry the Cable Guy and his family,” stated Charles T. Price, MD, Director of IHDI. “We hope to become the most comprehensive source of information for patients, parents and physicians around the world who share our commitment to improving knowledge and treatment of hip dysplasia.”
A check presentation will take place Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 7:30pm at the Grand Cypress Golf Resort in Orlando. In addition, Larry the Cable Guy is hosting The First Annual Git-R-Done Golf Classic at Grand Cypress Golf Resort in Orlando on September 26th and 27th. Celebrity guests scheduled to attend include Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White, Sean Astin, PGA’s Lee Janzen, and former Major League Baseball players Frank Viola Jr. and Davey Johnson.
THE GIT-R-DONE FOUNDATION The Git-R-Done Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by Larry the Cable Guy and his wife, Cara, as a focal point for the family’s philanthropy in 2009. The foundation’s mission is to provide assistance to individuals, families and organizations that have experienced hardships beyond their control. The Git-R-Done Foundation has made numerous donations, including donations to the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation for the treatment and cure of hip dysplasia and the Children’s Advocacy Center. For information or to donate, visit www.gitrdonefoundation.org
ARNOLD PALMER HOSPITAL for CHILDREN Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, is a 158-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, emergency and trauma care, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. Visit www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com to learn more about all of our specialties.