The Westchase Charitable Foundation (WCF) supports families in the Tampa Bay area and beyond who are faced with an unexpected illness or tragedy. Through fundraising events such as golf outings and Christmas parades, it raises money to help ease families’ financial burden and emotional strain. Since its inception in 2004, WCF has hand-delivered more than $110,000 in checks to help cover expenses such as medical bills, rent, and groceries.
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Dr. Allan Spiegel was known in his community for donating specialized services to wounded veterans. When he knew that treatments could help veterans regain the ability to function, he would conduct the procedure, regardless of their abilities to compensate him on their own or through Veterans Affairs. He founded Healing Heroes Network (HHN) to organize doctors who felt a similar calling to help heal "those who protect and serve [the] nation." HHN sends wounded service members to a network of carefully selected local medical professionals when their insurance will not cover the costs of necessary treatments, and it also ensures that all necessary services are covered. In addition to providing medical services, the organization raises awareness about the need for greater funding for veterans' medical care.
Licensed massage therapist Heidi Garrett soothes bodies and minds with customized massage techniques and alternative therapies such as reiki, crystal therapy, and chakra balancing. Heidi incorporates techniques from Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, myofascial release, and reflexology to accommodate each session to her clients' unique needs and wellness plans. Long, flowing strokes alternate with firm taps as Heidi focuses on pressure points to reduce stress and help heal muscles pulled while shot-putting SUVs out of stolen parking spaces.
Named by USA Today as one of the top 10 roller-skating destinations in the country, United Skates of America, Inc. in Tampa provides indoor family fun with a spacious rink and various skating games. Jam skating combines dancing and gymnastic moves set to Top 40 hits, and skating limbo blends the formerly disparate joys of rollerblading and chiropractic therapy. When fatigued by the rigors of the rink, children can refuel on pizza and soda at the snack bar. Inside the arcade, they enjoy games of air hockey and Ms. Pac Man, which teaches kids the importance of a nutritious diet high in fruit and ghosts.