WILLIAMSPORT -- Every day, health care professionals wade through a tide of need at the Community Free Clinic of Washington County.
They serve people with jobs, but no health insurance; senior citizens who need routine checkups to keep them out of the emergency room; and the displaced and homeless with few options.
The clinic is their safety net -- and Dr. Dan McDougal wants to keep it that way. That's why he established an endowment fund.
McDougal has served as a volunteer physician at the free clinic and is a member of its board of directors.
He recently was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig's disease, an incurable, fatal neuromuscular disorder.
But despite the battle he has been fighting, he wanted to ensure that medical attention would continue to be available to everyone in the community, said his wife, Penny McDougal.