What's Got Michael 'Pinball' Clemons, Head Coach of the Toronto Argonauts Fired Up About Uganda?



    TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - Last April 'Pinball' Clemons, along with his
wife Diane, Dave McComiskey, Executive Director of Christian Blind Mission and
Lin's O'Connor CBM Media Manager/Fan590 ISR Host travelled to Uganda, Africa
to visit CBM projects where some of the world's most forgotten children with
disabilities live.
    "I've seen pictures of families living in small huts that are made of
clay with straw as the rooftops. I've seen pictures of people in need...I knew
what poverty is," says Clemons, "but from seeing it, I now understand and
there is a huge difference between the two."
    The Clemons were so moved by what Canadians can do to help the
disadvantaged, upon their return they decided to help build a second operating
room at Kumi hospital that services disabled children.
    "If you are disabled a lot of times you are ostracized in these
communities," Clemons says. "These are the poorest children of the poor."
    Helping to build a new operating room may give these children a better
future -- they will not be left to die a lonely death because of their
disabilities.
    Mike and Diane witnessed how Christian Blind Mission is rescuing and
restoring these forgotten children and giving them freedom for life through
dedicated compassionate doctors and loving staff.
    One of these children was 10-year-old Hope, who has Blounts Disease, a
disorder related to bone growth and development which had completely bowed her
legs so they formed a circle.
    Hope came to CBM's Mengo Hospital in Uganda where families from all over
the country receive both children's orthopaedic work and cataract surgery.
    Mike and Diane watched the near two hour operation, as Hope's legs were
broken while she was under sedation, and were finally straightened.
    "I was speechless," says Clemons. "It was the most amazing thing I have
ever seen...next to the birth of my children, it was truly a miracle."
    Diane adds, "It was so exciting to see her the next day and to see the
progress she is making already."
    "Poverty and disability are strongly linked," says McComiskey, "and it is
the children who suffer the most in this cycle of despair and pain."
    Each year, CBM reaches 4 million children but the need is great - 200
million children.
    "We appreciate the compassion and vision of the Clemons'. We urge
Canadians from coast to coast to join with us... so that every child - no
matter how disabled or alone - will know that they are somebody's child, that
they are God's child," said McComiskey.
    Dr John Ekure from Kumi Hospital Uganda will share the progress of little
"Hope" at the launch of Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation gala fundraiser on
Sept. 19 in Toronto.

    CBMI currently supports 1,011 disability-focused projects in 112
countries Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
    CBM is an expert at helping people with disabilities throughout the
developing world.


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For further information:

For further information: photos, video of the Clemons' trip to Uganda:  
  Lindsay O'Connor, CBMI National Media & Public Relations Manager, (647) 202
3445, loconnor@cbmicanada.org, www.cbmicanada.org

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