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I Hit It Out of the Park | Leah’s Health Story

1404_UnitedWay_MartinezSchool_Child_045-Edit_highresBeing in fifth grade can be tough, but imagine if you struggled with asthma and didn’t know when it would attack.

Leah loves math and art and playing football and softball, but found she was struggling just to breathe. She also enjoys spending time with her little eight-year-old brother Freddie at lunchtime, “that’s the only time we get to play,” explained Leah.

When Leah had asthma attacks her chest hurt and she couldn’t get enough air.

“It affects me when I play sports,” said Leah. “I get dizzy and it made me stop what I was doing and visit a nurse.”

There were days when Leah had to miss school, because the asthma just wouldn’t go away.

On the brink of being homeless, Leah’s grandmother Lillian took her in when her mother lost her job. Unfortunately Lillian did not have insurance to help Leah access the asthma medication that she so desperately needed.

Lillian found help at the Martinez Elementary Clinic, which reopened in February 2014 through the support of United Way of Southern Nevada and its Women’s Leadership Council.

“The asthma is something I dealt with in my own children,” explained Lillian. “But hers seems to be a little more severe.”

Lillian explained the Martinez Clinic welcomed Leah and was swift to treat her and provide access to asthma medication.

“Everybody’s so awesome here! I don’t know what I would have done without their help,” said Lillian. “Basically I would have not paid my mortgage so I could get her into the doctors.”

According to Lillian the process of finding help at Martinez was seamless and easy and Leah’s doing much better.

“She went for a follow up and she is doing well,” said Lillian. “They are ready to take her for anything that I need help with, so it’s very important to us.”

Leah now knows that if asthma attacks, she is prepared and she can continue on with her life without the fear of an asthma attack.

“Now I know the medication is there when I need it,” said Leah.


Help Improve Children’s Health

If you have a desire to help children and families live healthy lives, we have a perfect opportunity for you. Because quality dental care is essential to insure a child’s overall well-being, United Way of Southern Nevada is hosting two opportunities to help children improve their dental health. Tooth decay remains the single most common chronic diseaseMore

Gather your suits – it’s time for the WLC Suit Drive!

It’s time to gather your suits and professional items and be a part of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council’s (WLC) Women’s Fall Suit Drive, helping prepare women for career opportunities. Held on Friday, November 7 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the 7th Annual Women’s Fall Suit Drive will again take place at the NV Energy parking lotMore

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Me & My Recipe | Ropa Vieja

Traditional Cuban Recipe ROPA VIEJA Ingredients 2 lbs. flank steak (slow cook in 2 cups of water) 1/3 cup of oil 1 onion 2 bay leaves 8 or 9 cloves of garlic 1 green bell pepper 20 to 25 cherry or grape tomatoes 1 (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce 1 cup water ¼ teaspoonMore

Me & My Recipe | Ana Wood

Born in La Habana, Cuba, Ana Wood came to the United States at an early age during Castro’s regime. Ana and her family made a new life in America, but not without conquering challenging obstacles that accompanied the life change. “My little sister was only six years old,” said Ana. “It was heartbreaking being separatedMore

Community Calendar | September 2014

9.11.14 Heroes’ Celebration To honor our local heroes, the Humana Guidance Center in Henderson is hosting a Heroes’ Celebration breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, from 9 to 11 a.m. Local police officers, firefighters and military veterans are invited to stop in for a free continental breakfast. The breakfast will be served by local seniorsMore

Tocqueville Spotlight | Robyn & John Caspersen

Robyn and John Caspersen moved to Las Vegas six years ago and invest in the community that they feel proud to call home. The couple met in Washington and moved to California after Robyn’s graduation from college; they were married later that year. While John continued his career as a chef, Robyn began an accounting careerMore

Cass’ Corner | September 2014

Hello Friends, While Fall is not quite here yet, all the signals of Fall have arrived. Children are off to school, football is back, and the morning hours have just a tinge of coolness to them. Fall at United Way is full of energy, as our campaigns are in high gear. We will celebrate our manyMore

On the Campaign Trail

We can’t help but hum the tune of “On the Road Again…”  by Willie Nelson as we write the first post of “On the Campaign Trail,” a way for us to share some of the great ideas, inspiration and passion out there amongst our campaigns. This month Wells Fargo kicks off their campaign with 4More

United Way of Southern Nevada Receives Silver Syringe Award

United Way of Southern Nevada was recently honored by the Southern Nevada Immunization & Health Coalition (SNIHC) in partnership with the Nevada State Immunization Program for outstanding immunization efforts. United Way received a Silver Syringe Award for promoting immunizations and improving access to preventative healthcare services. “Immunizations are critical to protecting children from 14 serious childhood diseases,More

Football Frenzy | 4 Winning Ways to Get Ready for the Next Game

Children are headed back to school, fall is around the corner and the time of year that all football fans look forward to is here. With the start of the football season, we found four winning ways to get you and your whole family ready for the next big game—whether you’re tailgating or rooting from home. 1.More

Record-Breaking Savings During Reopening of the “Piggy Bank” at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy

Student savings total $3,317.68 – more than has ever been saved in a “Piggy Bank” day!   Hundreds of children lined up to make their deposits during a record-breaking reopening of the “Piggy Bank” at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy on August 29, 2014. Students saved $3,317.68 during the reopening, approximately double last year’s opening day totalMore