The MMK Foundation, founded by Mark and Marcia King, has pledged $1 million to be split equally between Children’s Health and UT Southwestern Medical Center for the purpose of enhancing the pediatric hospital’s neonatal ICU, furthering groundbreaking research at UT Southwestern and providing unrestricted funds for the critical needs of children. The gift was announced via a press release.
It is the largest gift ever made by the MMK Foundation, which was established in 2007 to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens and communities globally.
“Providing these gifts fulfills our Foundation’s goals of addressing important issues that impact childhood development and the future of our community’s citizens,” said Mark King in a press release. “There is no better place to make an impact on a child than as a newborn in intensive care. Helping that child by helping him or her develop fully into a healthy adult is good for everyone.”
Marcia King added: “And funding medical research is a solid investment in the future for us all. UT Southwestern physician-scientists are among the best in the world, and we are pleased to play a small part in helping them push their ideas to the next level.”
“We are grateful that the Kings have made an even deeper commitment to helping us make life better for children,” said Brent Christopher, President of Children’s Medical Center Foundation. “Their desire to help our tiniest, most vulnerable patients is indicative of their Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of children everywhere. The impact of this gift will be felt for generations.”
“Support from philanthropists like Mark and Marcia King is critical to advancing the most promising research to address the unmet needs of children, including chronic kidney disease and digestive diseases,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION
Children’s Medical Center Foundation serves as the fundraising arm for Children’s HealthSM, the leading pediatric health system in North Texas. The Foundation works with individual donors, corporations and organizations to help the comprehensive team of physicians, scientists and medical professionals at Children’s Health fulfill its mission to make life better for children. Children’s Medical Center Foundation raises, manages and distributes funds to support Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Children’s Medical Center Plano, multiple specialty centers, Children’s Health Pediatric Group primary care practices, Our Children’s House rehabilitation facilities, home health, physician services, and the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern. For more information, please visit give.childrens.com.
ABOUT UT SOUTHWESTERN
UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty has received six Nobel Prizes, and includes 22 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 18 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. The faculty of more than 2,700 is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments. UT Southwestern physicians provide care in about 80 specialties to more than 100,000 hospitalized patients, 600,000 emergency room cases, and oversee approximately 2.2 million outpatient visits a year. To learn more, visit utsouthwestern.edu.
ABOUT MMK FOUNDATION
The MMK Foundation is a private, nonprofit 501(c) foundation that provides donations and partners with other nonprofit organizations and causes to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes. The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure. Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King. More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.