June 05, 2007

Children's Medical Resource Network benefit set

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Children's Medical Resource Network, a program affiliated with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, helps hundreds of children from all over the region. Now, Southern Illinoisans have the chance to help the program that operates on a shoestring budget.

A fundraising/public awareness luncheon presented by the Southern Illinois Foundation for the Anna-based organization is set for noon -2 p.m. June 19 at the Batteau Room of John A. Logan College in Carterville. Organizers are encouraging the general public, particularly those who work with children, to attend. To make reservations, call 618/833-6488.

The CMRN of Southern Illinois, funded by a Children's Justice Grant from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Attorney General's Office, gives specialized medical evaluations to children who are reportedly victims of child abuse or at risk of child abuse. The network also provides consultations, education and medical advocacy for professionals involved in child abuse investigations.