Major League Players provided a $229,000 grant from their collective charity, the Major League Baseball Players Trust, in continuing support of efforts by Project C.U.R.E. and its México partner, Fundación Curando México, to help refurbish hospitals damaged by two earthquakes in September 2017.
The grant is part of the Players Trust’s ongoing “Returning Home” initiative, in which Major Leaguers combine their resources to support the places they call home, especially during times of need. The funding comes from the $1 million dedicated by the players’ charity in September to support nonprofits dedicated to providing relief and recovery services following a spate of natural disasters occurring across the Americas.
“Having the opportunity to return to Mexico as a professional baseball player and be involved with a donation from the Players Trust to help my country after two devastating earthquakes is very gratifying,” said Julio Urias, the Dodgers’ 21-year-old left-handed pitcher who is from Culiacan.
“Project C.U.R.E. is honored to work with MLBPA, representing their players, and our partner, Fundación Curando México, to deliver health & hope to Mexico. We understand the ongoing difficulties in the healthcare facilities throughout Mexico and hope to bring much-needed medical supplies and equipment to these medical providers so that they can provide good care for their patients,” said Dr. Douglas Jackson, President & CEO of Project C.U.R.E.
With MLBPA’s donation, Project C.U.R.E. and its México partner, Fundación Curando México, will send nine 53-foot semi-trailers of medical equipment and supplies valued at approximately $4 million to help rebuild hospitals in the communities of Pijijiapan, Chiapas; Taxco, Guerrero; Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca; Ciudad de Nezahualcoyotl, Estado de México; Cuernavaca, Morelos; Veracruz, Veracruz; Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán; Villahermosa, Tabasco; Rural Zacatecas. This partnership will afford dedicated medical professionals, in under resourced communities, the necessary tools for providing quality healthcare.
About Project C.U.R.E.:
Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Currently, Project C.U.R.E. maintains large distribution warehouses in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, and smaller collection centers in 15 U.S. cities. Because of the dedication of more than 20,000 nationwide volunteers, three to four cargo containers of life-saving aid leave Project C.U.R.E.’s warehouses weekly. Project C.U.R.E. has reached patients, families and children in more than 130 countries. Project C.U.R.E. is the recipient of the Guidestar Exchange Platinum Seal and the Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating.
About Fundacion Curando Mexico:
Curando Mexico is a nonprofit organization established in 2010 and serves as Project C.U.R.E.’s partner throughout the country. Curando Mexico provides medical supplies and equipment through donations to hospitals in need throughout the country in an effort to strengthen the medical infrastructure in Mexico. To learn more, visit www.curandomexico.org.