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Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellow and UT Southwestern medical student, Jamie Pfaff works with children living with Sickle Cell Disease

Southwestern Medical Foundation

Originally Posted: March 28, 2016

A second-year medical student at UT Southwestern, Jamie Pfaff discovered the need for her project through a volunteer experience with Camp John Marc (CJM), an organization that provides subsidized, high-quality camping programs for children, teens, and families living with chronic medical and physical challenges.

“CJM is a special place, inspiring confidence for life while creating a joyful and healing atmosphere for hundreds of children each year,” Pfaff said. “Their emphasis on inclusion has made it an attractive organization to support.”

Upon learning that Camp Jubilee, CJM’s camp for children and teens with sickle cell disease, was struggling to maintain necessary support and volunteers, Pfaff was determined to give back to an organization that played a large role in her own desire to serve others.

To read Jamie’s story in her own words, please click here.

About The Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellowship Program

Housed in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, The Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellowship Program carries forward the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize recipient and humanitarian-physician Albert Schweitzer. The program develops young leaders who are inspired to create positive change in the health and wellbeing of communities throughout the nation and world.

Dr. Thomas Heyne, 2012 winner of Southwestern Medical Foundation’s prestigious Ho Din Award, first suggested the Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellowship chapter. It attracted the attention of Caren H. Prothro, Chair of the SMU Board of Trustees from 2010 through 2014, legendary Dallas philanthropist and friend of the Foundation, who added her financial support to ensure the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Dallas Chapter became a reality. The DFW chapter is one of only two Texas-based chapters—the Houston-Galveston chapter opened in 2008.

Southwestern Medical Foundation joined the DFW Schweitzer Fellowship Program, in partnership with longtime civic leaders in Dallas and eight local universities, to bring this innovative service and leadership-building fellowship to medical and graduate students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. READ MORE