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September 6, 2005

Contact: Patricia Adams

Funds Sought to Support Wellmobiles' Trip to Help Hurricane Victims

Baltimore, Md. – Connect Maryland, Inc., a non-profit organization aimed at helping improve the health, education and leadership skills of Maryland youth, is calling for donations to support costs associated with sending two Wellmobiles to Montgomery, Ala., to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Wellmobiles are part of the Governor's Wellmobile program, which is operated by the University of Maryland School of Nursing and staffed by registered nurses and nurse practitioners from the School of Nursing. The two vans, which will depart from the School of Nursing at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, will report to the American Red Cross Headquarters in Montgomery, where they will stay for two weeks, providing primary health care to hurricane victims.

While this effort is supported in part by CareFirst, the University of Maryland Medical System, Atlantic General Hospital and Connect Maryland, Inc., more funds are desperately needed to cover the cost of the trip, estimated at $200,000. David and Marla Oros are conducting this fundraising effort through their non-profit organization, Connect Maryland, Inc. Donations can be sent to: Connect Maryland, Inc., Attn: Mark Dewire, 100 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Please make checks payable to: Connect Maryland, Inc. Memo: Wellmobile.

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