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Hospital Receives $10,000 Grant for Asthma Initiative

New Britain [March 20 2009] - The TD Charitable Foundation has awarded The Hospital of Central Connecticut a $10,000 grant for its New Britain Asthma Initiative (NBAI), which helps children and parents better understand and manage children’s asthma.

The grant will help pay for a variety of Initiative services, including education for participating families; tools parents can use to help manage their child’s asthma; and mentoring to ensure families can recognize asthma symptoms and learn to keep a child’s asthma under control.

“We are extremely grateful for the TD Charitable Foundation’s support,” says NBAI Coordinator Loreen E. Gawel, MPH. “The Foundation’s generous grant will help the NBAI give children with asthma and their families the support they need to manage their asthma appropriately.”

The NBAI is a case management program that is free and open to any child 18 or younger. Only a referral from the child’s primary care physician is required. For program information, call, (860) 224-5900, X4229.
More than 22 million Americans have asthma, a chronic affliction of the airways in the lungs that can cause gasping, coughing or wheezing. Nationwide, about seven million asthma sufferers are under 18.

The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates under the trade names TD Banknorth and TD Bank and is one of the 20 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States.

The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Banknorth and TD Bank operate, having made over $40 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Banknorth and TD Bank’s community relations departments and are focused on the areas of economic empowerment, youth development and community support. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation including an online grant application is available at or at

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366

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