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Tomlinson, Palomar Pomerado Health strike partnership

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
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    By Keith Darce

    5:23 p.m. July 24, 2007

    <!-- BODYTEXT -->SAN DIEGO – Chargers star running back LaDainian Tomlinson has teamed with Palomar Pomerado Health's hospitals in North County to promote disease prevention and healthy living, the health district announced Tuesday. The five-year agreement between the Chargers' all-time leading rusher and the hospitals could land Tomlinson's name on one of several new facilities being built by the district or it could be attached to a hospital program.

    The hospitals will launch a program called Project21SD – Tomlinson wears jersey No. 21 – that will address a wide range of health issues: diabetes and obesity in children, heart disease, stroke prevention, teenage suicide, substance abuse and healthcare access.

    Initially, Tomlinson will become involved with Dial Don't Drive, an existing program that encourages people to seek help through the 911 telephone emergency system when they experience heart attack symptoms.
    Tomlinson – last year's National Football League MVP – also will help with efforts to recruit nurses to the hospitals and encourage young people to consider health care careers.
    “This is a historic partnership; one that will be the standard for an industry and have a dramatic impact on the health and well-being of the regionfor years to come,” the district's chief marketing and communications officer Gustavo Friederichsen said in a written statement.
    Tomlinson is scheduled to appear Thursday at a press conference about the partnership at Pomerado Hospital in Poway. Further details will be released at that time.
    The written statement provided Tuesday did not make clear whether Tomlinson's role with the district includes a cash donation. The hospital district declined to answer questions before Thursday. Tomlinson heads a nonprofit charity organization named LT Foundation that, among other things, provides Chargers game tickets to needy children, distributes Thanksgiving meals to the poor and provides toys and videos during the holidays to patients at Rady Children's Hospital.



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