SIERRA VISTA â€” Standing before millions of viewers during Wednesdayâ€™s airing of Idol Gives Back, Simon Cowell blew a kiss to 6-year-old Xylin of Douglas, Ariz.
Dr. Jon and Simon Cowell share a moment at the Children's Health Fund Clinic.
On April 9, Cowell was in Douglas, where he visited young Xylin and her family while filming the Idol Gives Back segment on behalf of Childrenâ€™s Health Fund. Cowell also met with pediatrician Jonathan Lee-Melk, the director of Community Pediatrics for Southern Arizona Childrenâ€™s Health Project, a program sponsored by Childrenâ€™s Health Fund in partnership with Chiricahua Community Health Services, Inc.
Late last year, Childrenâ€™s Health Fund donated a 40-foot pediatric mobile medical clinic to CCHCIâ€™s pediatric program, which will be used to reach children and their families in some of the countyâ€™s more remote areas.
Xylin suffers from a rare genetic disorder that affects her lungs, causing bouts of pneumonia and infections, as well as hospitalizations.
â€śBefore we met Dr. Jon, Xylin she was always getting sick and had to be hospitalized several times,â€ť said Larette. â€śDr. Jon has become family to us. Xylin has improved so much under his care. Weâ€™re also grateful for the mobile clinic that Childrenâ€™s Health Fund has provided our area, and for the great work that programs like Idol Gives Back do for children everywhere.â€ť
While in Douglas, Cowell toured CCHCIâ€™s new 40 foot pediatric mobile clinic and listened to Larette talk about what the mobile unit means for Cochise Countyâ€™s families. During Wednesdayâ€™s program, Cowell said it was good to get out into the communities and see the positive benefits that the money raised through Idol Gives Back brings to the different organizations.
This marks the third time Childrenâ€™s Health Fund benefited from Idol Gives Back, American Idolâ€™s Emmy Award-winning event that raises funds for a number of U.S. and international charities. Childrenâ€™s Health Fund is the countryâ€™s leading provider of pediatric mobile-based health care. CCHCI received its state-of-the-art mobile unit late last year.
â€śI canâ€™t tell you how much we appreciate what Childrenâ€™s Health Fund and Idol Gives Back have done for our pediatric program at Chiricahua Community Health Centers,â€ť Lee-Melk said. â€śIdol Gives Back puts a brief spotlight on our pediatric program. We need talent and resources and the attention we receive through Idol helps our program attract both.â€ť