Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ne-yo Helping To Keep Grady Alive

I read something over on Sandra Rose's ( blog that both enlighted and saddened me at the same time. Those who live in Atlanta have been hearing about the financial problems Grady Hospital is currently experiencing. The hospital is in grave danger of closing it's doors by the end of the year if it doesn't get the more than $300 million it needs to come out of debt. Grady is the only Level 1 trauma center in the city- which means that if you are seriously wounded, injured, etc they are the only hospital in the city that have the equipment and experience needed to save your life.

Those outside of Atlanta may always hear rappers brag about being "Grady Babies"- meaning they were born in that hospital. This hospital takes in many of the city's uninsured and they don't turn anyone away, which is one of the main reasons they are in debt.

Sandra Rose has the story/ press release about R&B superstar Ne-Yo having a fund raiser to help raise funds to keep the hospital open. What boggles me is the fact that Ne-Yo isn't even FROM Atlanta. He just recently relocated to the city and opened a studio here within the past year. All of these other rappers/ athletes/ singers/ actors that are from Atlanta always represent the A real hard in the streets and in the strip clubs. Let's see if they can make it rain on Grady. It's a shame that an outsider has to come into the city and initiate doing something big to help the entire community. Here is an excerpt from the press release.

The artist was emotionally moved as he walked through the Neo Natal Unit, the Georgia Cancer Center of Excellence and the Emergency Care Center (the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the city) offering hugs and words of encouragement.

As he stopped to take pictures and sign autographs he shared, "This is so sad. With all the millionaires in the city; both in the entertainment industry, sports, and businesses, we can all do something to help."

To read the entire story and get a link to see more photos of Ne-Yo touring the hospital, please visit (photo: sandrarosenews)

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