November 22 2011
First Hand is celebrating the possible
is approaching—it is a time to reflect on the past year and be thankful for the
many blessings in our lives. It is also a time to keep in mind those who are
less fortunate—especially children, who are the most vulnerable among us. There
are so many children in this world who are unable to access even basic
necessities of life, such as adequate health care. Here at Cerner, we try to do
our part to help these children live full lives. The holidays are the perfect
opportunity to celebrate the possible.
years ago, Cerner associates came together to create the First Hand Foundation—to
provide funding so individual children around the world may have access to
health care that would otherwise be impossible. Since then, First Hand has
distributed $14 million to help 134,000 children in 76 countries. It is a
privilege to be part of this work. All this is made possible by the incredible
support of Cerner associates. This is truly their
charitable nature of Cerner Corporation and the generosity of our associates
have changed the lives of so many children this past year. Cerner associates
made it possible for Alianna, a two-year-old girl struck in a hit-and-run
accident, to receive an adaptive tricycle so she could gain strength back in
her arms and legs. They made it possible for Samantha, a three-year-old girl
with a rare blood cell disorder, to get the treatment necessary to erase
painful, inflamed protrusions covering her face. They made it possible for
Irma, a 12-year-old girl from Belize, to travel to the U.S. for specialized
treatment that repaired a life-threatening internal bleeding disorder.
2011 alone, Cerner associates donated $2 million out of their own pockets.
Thanks in part to a generous annual contribution from Cerner itself, each and
every one of these dollars was used to fund everything from eyeglasses that
enabled a child to take in the beauty of the world, to life-saving heart
surgery for a child with a congenital heart defect.
contributions don’t just bestow financial support—they provide the hope
families across the world need to physically and mentally survive childhood
illnesses. They let these families know there is someone out there that truly
cares about them.
continue to be simply amazed by the spirit of giving we see in our associates
and friends every day. They make a real difference in children’s lives—their
compassion is making the possible happen!
Melissa Frerking is executive director of First
Hand Foundation. First Hand is Cerner’s
nonprofit organization that helps children with
health-related needs who have no financial safety
net to cover them. She has been vice president
and executive director of First Hand Foundation
since 2002. During that time, Frerking has helped create
innovative programs within the First Hand
Foundation, such as Healthe Kids, First
Hand Family Foundation and the i-Impact