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Sons of the Flag Donation -Beth Dexter, Development Officer, Parkland Foundation -Kathy Doherty, director of nursing, surgical services, PHHS -Brett Arnoldo, MD, medical director, Parkland Health & Hospital System Burn Center -Christine Owens-Lane, unit manager, PHHS -Kim Nguyen, VP nursing, surgical services, PHHS -Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, founder, president and CEO of Sons of the Flag -Sherry Whidby, director of development, Sons of the Flag -Mark Poteet, associate unit manager, PHHS -Amy Gloger, burn unit educator, PHHS Burn Center

Sons of the Flag, a non-profit organization that supports military, veteran and first-responder burn survivors and their families through funding for innovative research, treatment and education, presented a $120,000 gift to Parkland Foundation on December 10. It is the largest gift that the organization has given to date to fund both programs and equipment for the Parkland Health & Hospital System Regional Burn Center.

The following programs will receive support:

  • The Parkland Burn Survivor Support Group – underwriting supports educational materials, professional speakers and lunch for participants throughout the year.
  • Substantial support for Sons of the Flag’s existing endowment for use throughout the year to provide burn care for survivors and their families.

In addition to programs, SOTF donated special equipment:

  • Vecta Distraction Station – used to help provide distraction for patients undergoing painful procedures and wound care.
  • Ultrasonic Wound Debridement System – a low-frequency ultrasound system that has been proven as a less painful alternative to surgical wound debridement and which also stimulates wound healing.
  • Signostics Echonous Bladder and Vein System on AI Station – a device that provides ultrasound guidance for scanning patients’ bladders and can also be used to perform ultrasounds of the blood vessels to assist nurses with placing IV catheters.

Ryan “Birdman” Parrot, Sons of the Flag founder, president and CEO, said, “Sons of the Flag had its earliest meetings at Parkland, so we have been connected to the burn unit there since our founding. We are grateful to give you these funds to provide the critical, life-saving care to help burn patients survive, and provide ongoing medical and emotional support that is so important for recovery after such a traumatic injury.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you, and keep up the great work.”

Beth Dexter, Parkland Foundation development officer, said, “On behalf of Parkland, thank you to Ryan, Sons of the Flag, your board of directors and volunteers for this extraordinary gift. Your love, passion and support will help our burn patients. And the gift made for the endowment will help patients in perpetuity.”

Brett Arnoldo, MD, medical director of Parkland’s Burn Center, added, “Thank you for this gift which will provide life-saving tools and treatment to even more patients.”                                            

Sons of the Flag is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting military, veteran, and first responder burn survivors and their families by providing funding for innovative research, technology and education. They bring together passionate community leaders, pioneering physicians, experienced military service members, dedicated first responders and purposeful civilians to complete their mission.  Learn more about the organization and follow its news and upcoming events on Twitter @sonsoftheflag and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SonsOfTheFlag.

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